Pyongyang issued a warning to Tokyo that it if doesn’t stop its “hostile posture” against North Korea, Japan will be the main target if they push through with the threatened war in the Korean peninsula. If Japan also tries to intercept their test missiles, they will likewise carry out a nuclear strike against their East Asian neighbor’s capital city.
Japan announced on Friday that the Patriot missile interceptor batteries, originally set to be stationed on March 2015, will be deployed permanently later this month on the island of Okinawa, where 50,000 US military personnel are currently stationed. Earlier this week, they also announced the deployment of several Patriot Advance Capability-3 missile interceptors in strategic places, including key military units in Tokyo. They have orders to shoot down any North Korean missiles that will be fired on Japanese territory.
News of North Korean mid-range missile tests continue to spread from intelligence reports from Seoul, Tokyo and Washington. If the Musudan missile, with its range of 1,800 to 2,180 miles is indeed launched from the east coast, it could hit the Japanese mainland, the island of Okinawa, and Guam, a US territory. The US said last week it is positioning the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) in Guam in preparation for any North Korean attack.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is currently in South Korea for a four-day tour of East Asia and he reiterated that the international community is united in standing against North Korea as a nuclear power and warned the reclusive state that any missile test would be a big mistake. It was when they conducted a third nuclear test in February that the United Nations was spurred to impose additional sanctions on North Korea. In response, they threatened a nuclear war against the US and its allies and declared a “state of war” against South Korea by the end of March.
[ via RT ]