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Japan continues taking the North Korean threat very seriously, following up on the resumption of air raid drills for the first time since World War 2 with the relocation of Patriot missile batteries to the heart of Tokyo on Thursday.
The UK Daily Mail spotted pictures of a PAC-3 Patriot missile unit arriving at the Defense Ministry compound in Tokyo, accompanied by official assurances that the system can shoot down North Korean rockets.
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The Japan Times reports that Patriot missiles are being placed along the west coast of the country to make good on Japan’s promise to intercept any missiles North Korea fires at Guam.
The Patriot deployment is expected to be completed by Saturday morning, although Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said more PAC-3 batteries might be deployed if the situation warrants. One of the lingering questions is whether North Korea fires at Guam, or near it, as the current version of Pyongyang’s missile plan reportedly specifies.
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The Japanese Defense Ministry is said to believe the situation will not escalate immediately if North Korea launches missiles, but they target the sea a safe distance from Guam. Of course, the accuracy of North Korean missiles would be a queasy variable in the defense equation.
Interestingly, Onodera implied Japan might try to intercept North Korean missiles even if...
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