As US President Donald Trump has hinted that he may order an attack on defiant North Korea, Japan, too, is reportedly preparing for a war like situation. According to AFP Japan has deployed its Patriot missile defense
system after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam.
The defense ministry started deploying the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system in Shimane, Hiroshima, and Kochi in western Japan, which Pyongyang warned could be along its missiles' flight path, public broadcaster NHK said. It was also to deploy the anti-missile system in neighboring Ehime, the NHK said.
The Television footage showed military vehicles carrying launchers and other equipment for the surface-to-air system entering a Japanese base in Kochi before dawn.
While immediate confirmation of the reports was not available, Japan has in the past vowed to shoot down North Korean missiles or rockets that threaten to hit its territory.
The government hopes to complete deployment of the system in western Japan by Saturday morning, Kyodo News said, quoting defense ministry officials.
Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief government spokesman said earlier this week that Tokyo "can never tolerate" provocations from North Korea and the country's military, will "take necessary measures."
At the time North Korea said that it was launching a Telecommunications Satellite, but Washington, Seoul, and Tokyo believed that North Korea was testing an ICBM (Inter Continental Ballistic Missile).