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Japan says will destroy North Korea missile if threat to territory

A PAC-3 missile launcher is deployed on the grounds of the defence ministry in Tokyo on January 29, 2016Japan said Wednesday 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. 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.

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