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Japan is prepared for North Korea’s missile, Defence Minister said

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Updated: 04:38 GMT, Aug 11, 2017 | Published: 10:59 GMT, Aug 10, 2017 |
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Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera attends a news conference at Defence Ministry in Tokyo

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Thursday (August 10) Japan will be fully prepared to intercept North Korea’s missile with its defence systems which includes the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3).

North Korea dismissed on Thursday warnings by U.S. President Donald Trump that it would face “fire and fury” if it threatened the United States as a “load of nonsense”, and outlined detailed plans for a missile strike near the Pacific territory of Guam.

Masao Okonogi, professor emeritus at Japan’s Keio University, said North Korea most likely wants the U.S. and its allies to stop their military drills as a reciprocal action for the country to stop further missile tests, and use this as an opportunity for dialogue.

On the streets, views were mixed on the role Japan should play. Some Tokyo residents, called for Japan to play an intermediary role in deescalating tension between the U.S. and North Korea, others called for Japan to think more of protecting itself.