Japan's defense minister said Naoki Tanaka on 17-3 is considering the ability to intercept missiles carrying satellite that North Korea is expected to launch in April if they fly toward this country.
Speaking to journalists at the air base in Omitama Hyakuri, Ibaraki province, Mr. Tanaka said the Defense Ministry is considering whether to deploy the missile PAC-3 interceptors on the ground and on board the SM-3 Aegis axis or not.
North Korea announced the "satellite" to be launched in Cholsan district, south of the country, and will fly over the Yellow Sea instead of Sea of Japan. However, a Japanese defense official said: "No satellite can be sure will actually fly over the Yellow Sea. Even so, Japan is also some islands in this region. "
Currently, the Japanese Ministry of Defense is working with the U.S. Army to analyze the satellite launch by North Korea.
Surrounding the Korea says rocket carrying the satellite range celebrate birthday of late President Kim Il-sung in April, and many other countries like USA, Korea, China, Russia ..., the Japanese government has urged North Korea to cancel the plan.
In addition, the Japanese government expressed "surprise" announcement by North Korea satellite launch, because this new agreement the suspension of nuclear activities and missile testing in exchange for U.S. food aid in February.
Earlier, on May 3-2009, Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said when it ordered the guard to destroy North Korean missile or rocket debris in case they fall into Japanese territory The.
With this command, ground force defense missiles deployed PAC-3 interceptors to Iwate and Akita province in northeastern Japan and the Tokyo metropolitan area, while maritime defense forces appointed three Aegis class destroyers equipped with missile interceptors in the Sea of Japan and the Pacific.
According to Yomiuri