Japan orders military to be ready for North Korea missile launch at any time

Monday, August 8, 2016
By Paul Martin

Reuters.com
Mon Aug 8, 2016

Japan ordered its military on Monday to be ready at any time to shoot down any North Korean missiles that threaten to strike Japan, putting its forces on a state of alert for at least three months, a defense ministry official and media said.

Up to now, Japan has issued temporary orders when it had indications of an imminent North Korean missile launch that it has canceled after a projectile had been launched.

However, because some test firings are hard to detect, it has decided to put its military on standby for a longer period. The order will be reviewed after three months, state broadcaster NHK said.

(Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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