Japan poised to shoot down North Korean missileSubmitted by emalvini on Sat, 12/08/2012 - 16:10
Japan poised to shoot down North Korean missile
The Japanese government has ordered its military to shoot down the missile that is expected to be launched by North Korea as early as Monday.
By Julian Ryall in Tokyo
3:00PM GMT 07 Dec 2012
The order to destroy the missile should any part of it threaten to fall onto Japanese territory was issued after a meeting of the Security Council of Japan met and was informed that North Korea has begun filling a fuel tank alongside the launch pad at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in preparation for the launch.
Japan has already deployed Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile batteries in Tokyo, as well as in Okinawa and at locations along the northern and western coasts facing the Korean Peninsula.