WAR READY: Japan rushes MISSILES to major cities in bid to counter North Korea attack
North Korea regularly promises to reduce Japan to “debris” in state-sponsored news broadcasts but these sabre-rattling claims have escalated wildly in recent days.
And Japan is caught squarely in North Korea’s cross-hairs, with terrifying maps revealing yesterday just how many countries are vulnerable to a Kim Jong-un missile attack.
Tokyo has now ordered the strengthening of its major cities, with missiles and anti-missile defence systems rushed to Hiroshima, Shimane and Kochi.
These three areas are particularly at risk as any North Korea missile fired at the US territory of Guam would pass directly overhead.
While Pyongyang said any missile would be aimed to miss the island and merely used to send a warning, any malfunction of the missile over Japan could put hundreds of thousands of people at risk – and given North Korea’s patchy success record in missile launches, this is a major threat.
Missile systems have also been stationed outside the Defence Ministry in Tokyo, pointing skywards.
These could be used to intercept “missiles or missile debris” heading towards major cities, Tokyo said in a statement.
Defence minister Itsunori Onodera said earlier this week: “We are always prepared to deal with emergencies.
“We cannot tolerate such a clear provocative act to the security of the region and international society, including out country.
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“We will maintain our monitoring and surveillance at a high level and take all possible means to cope with any situation.”
However, concerns were raised earlier this week whether Japan’s defence system was strong enough to intercept missiles fired in East Asia.
North Korea observer 38 North said Japan’s likelihood of taking down a missile is “limited if not improbably”.
The Washington-based group warned: “In fact, the probability that the North Korean ICBM test will fail on its own is significantly higher than the probability of success.
“SM-3 interceptors have never been tested against an ICBM, nor have they been tested against any missile in the boost or ascent phase of flight.”
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