The Defense Ministry will deploy three destroyers in the East China Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan to track the missile’s path, military sources told the newspaper. Also, the ministry said it will deploy ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors.
North Korea announced it will launch an “Earth observation satellite” between April 12 and April 16 to mark the 100th birthday (April 15) of founder Kim Il Sung.
Analysts have suggested in various media reports that North Korea plans to test-fire a long-range missile.
The Yomiuri Shimbun’s sources said the interceptors and destroyers would be used to shoot down the missile or its fragments if it appears they may fall in Japanese territory.
Meanwhile North Korea test fired 2 short ranged missiles.
South Korean officials say North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles this week from its west coast.
Two Defense Ministry officials said Friday that the testing took place Wednesday. The launches came one day after South Korea hosted a nuclear security summit of nearly 60 world leaders in Seoul.