North Korea has test-fired about 100 missiles since early final yr, saying it was responding to joint U.S.-South Korean military drills that it calls an invasion rehearsal. A number of of the missiles flew over Japan or landed off the northern Japanese coast.
Final week, North Korea test-launched a solid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile for the primary time.
Protection Minister Yasukazu Hamada on Saturday instructed troops to prepared PAC-3 surface-to-air missiles in southwestern Japan, together with Okinawa and close by islands, in an space believed to be below a flight path of a North Korean rocket that can carry the satellite tv for pc.
He additionally ordered the deployment of destroyers geared up with SM-3 ship-to-air missiles to coastal waters, in response to a ministry assertion.
“We’re making the required preparation due to a chance of issuing an order to destroy ballistic missiles and different objects,” the ministry mentioned.
An order to fireplace missiles must be authorised by the prime minister.
North Korea is predicted to hold out extra weapons exams as the US and South Korea proceed their joint air train into subsequent week.