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Japan says interceptors deployed for DPRK satellite launch

(Xinhua)

08:33, April 10, 2012

A Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile launcher is set at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo, April 9, 2012. Japan completed deployment of interceptor missiles Monday ahead of the planned satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Defence Ministry said. (Xinhua/Kenichiro Seki)

TOKYO, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Japan completed deployment of interceptor missiles Monday ahead of the planned satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Defence Ministry said.

Japan's Self-Defense Force had installed ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors on Okinawa, Ishigaki and Miyako islands and in Tokyo, ministry official Takaaki Oono told Xinhua.

Furthermore, three Maritime Self-Defense Force Aegis destroyers are on their way to the East China Sea, according to the ministry.

The DPRK announced last month that it would launch an "earth observation" satellite between April 12 and 16 to mark the 100th birthday of late leader Kim Il Sung.

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