TOKYO Ė Japan installed on Saturday its anti-missile system in several parts west of the country following North Koreaís threat to launch four ballistic missiles to the American island of Guam over Japanís territory.
The surface-to-air Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC 3) has been deployed in the prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima, Kochi and Ehime, the expected flight path of the North Korean projectiles, reported Kyodo news agency reported.
Pyongyang on Thursday threatened to launch a ballistic missile attack against the US territory of Guam in western Pacific, where some 160,000 people live and where US bases have stationed strategic bombers sent by the Pentagon to the Korean peninsula.
The plan unveiled by Pyongyang detailed the launch of four medium-long range Hwasong-12 rockets that will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi prefectures at a distance of 3,356.7 kilometers for 1,065 seconds (nearly 18 minutes) before hitting the waters 30 to 40 km away from Guam.
Japanís anti-missile defense operation system deploys the navyís Aegis to bring down airborne missiles while the PAC-3 system is used to counter the projectiles evading these interceptors.