Japan deploys missile interceptor for North Korea recent actions


New Delhi: With daily tension from North Korea testing nuke weapons, Japan on Tuesday positioned a missile interceptor, PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability) - a mobile missile-defense system on its base at Hakodate base on southern Hokkaido which is near to recent North Korean missile flyover route.

The decision has come after the North Korean test-fired a missile last week that flew over southern Hokkaido and landed in the Pacific Ocean. The is the second incidence that has happened in less than a month.

PAC-3 a missile interceptor has been stationed at the Hakodate base as a precaution which is part of government preparations for a possible emergency, defense minister Itsunori Onodera said on Tuesday.

The defense system (PAC-3) has a range of 20 kilometers that is positioned to shoot down the incoming missile after Standard Missile-3 interceptors fail to do so in the sea of Japan.