Tokyo, Apr. 22 (BNA): Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada ordered today, Saturday, the Japanese army to prepare to shoot down a North Korean spy satellite if it falls into Japanese territory.
The Defense Ministry said in a statement that Hamada had ordered the Self-Defense Forces to make the necessary preparations because he would likely “order the destruction of ballistic missiles.”
The preparations included making arrangements for the deployment of troops to the southern prefecture of Okinawa “to minimize damage in the event of a ballistic missile.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said preparations for the planned launch of the country’s first spy satellite must continue to counter perceived threats from the United States and South Korea, state media reported Wednesday.