Ja­pan de­ploys war­ship, Pa­triot mis­siles

New Straits Times - - World -

TOKYO: Ja­pan de­ployed its Pa­triot mis­sile de­fence sys­tem yes­ter­day af­ter North Korea threat­ened to fire bal­lis­tic mis­siles over the country to­wards the United States Pa­cific ter­ri­tory of Guam, lo­cal of­fi­cials and re­ports said.

Re­gional ten­sions are mount­ing as Washington and Py­ongyang ratchet up their war of words, with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump warn­ing Py­ongyang would “truly re­gret” any hos­tile ac­tion against the US.

Ja­pan had in the past vowed to shoot down North Korean mis­siles or rock­ets that threat­ened to hit its ter­ri­tory.

The De­fence Min­istry de­ployed the Pa­triot Ad­vanced Ca­pa­bil­ity3 (PAC-3) sys­tem in Shi­mane, Hiroshima and Kochi in western Ja­pan, which North Korea had warned could be along its mis­siles’ flight path.

It also de­ployed the anti-mis­sile sys­tem in neigh­bour­ing Ehime, while the Asahi Shim­bun said one Aegis de­stroyer was sta­tioned in the Sea of Ja­pan to shoot down air­borne mis­siles.

Tele­vi­sion footage showed mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing launch­ers and other equip­ment for the sur­face-to-air sys­tem en­ter­ing a base in Kochi be­fore dawn. AFP

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PAC-3 sur­face-to-air mis­siles de­ployed at the Ja­pan Ground SelfDe­fense Forces Kaita base in Hiroshima yes­ter­day.

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