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Japan deploys anti-missiles in Tokyo to counter North Korean threat

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First published: April 9, 2013, 8:26 PM IST | Updated: April 9, 2013
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Japan deploys anti-missiles in Tokyo to counter North Korean threat
The Patriot missiles were deployed at Japan's defence ministry headquarters and at bases farther away from central Tokyo.

New Delhi: Japan has deployed missile interceptors in key locations around Tokyo as a precaution against possible North Korean ballistic missile tests.

The Patriot missiles were deployed at Japan's defence ministry headquarters and at bases farther away from central Tokyo. North Korea is believed to have moved ballistic missiles to its east coast, possibly in preparation for a test launch. The move has further raised tensions on the Korean Peninsula amid threats by North Korea and large-scale war games involving US and South Korean troops.

Japan has taken similar measures before previous North Korean launches. It has never actually tried to shoot down a North Korean missile and was not expected to try to do so unless there was a clear threat to Japanese territory.

With Additional Inputs From AP

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