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Japan issues intercept order for potential North Korean missile launches

  • August 9, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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All papers wrote that the GOJ issued an order on Aug. 8 for the SDF to shoot down any projectile heading toward Japan in preparation for potential North Korean missile launches in the future. The order will be effective for the next three months and is renewable. The order, which was issued by Defense Minister Inada, is intended to ensure that the SDF is ready to intercept projectiles at any time as the use of mobile launch pads could make North Korean missile launch preparations difficult to detect in advance. The government had previously issued intercept orders on a case-by-case basis after signs of launch preparations by North Korea had been detected. However, the government was unable to issue such an order prior to Pyongyang’s launch on Aug. 3 of a medium-range missile, which fell into Japan’s EEZ in the Sea of Japan off Akita. In accordance with the order, the SDF deployed Aegis destroyers equipped with SM-3 interceptors in the Sea of Japan and PAC-3 surface-to-air guided interceptors on the premises of the Defense Ministry in central Tokyo.

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