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Japan says will destroy North Korea missile if threat to territory

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016,11:51 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Tokyo | Japan said today it would destroy a North Korean missile if it threatened to fall on its territory, after Pyongyang announced it planned to launch a space rocket this month. Today the defence minister issued an order to destroy such a missile if it is confirmed that it will fall on Japanese territory, the defence ministry said in a statement. Defence Minister Gen Nakatani issued the order, citing the possibility that North Korea will launch a missile it calls a ‘satellite’ within coming days, the statement said.

The order will be carried out by Japan’s ballistic missile defence system, which includes PAC-3 surface-to-air anti-ballistic missiles, and similar SM-3 systems aboard warships, the ministry said. The order will be effective until February 25, it added, the end of the launch window announced by Pyongyang that begins on February 8.