Arabic and International Saturday, 12 August 2017
Japan's Self-Defense Forces deployed anti-missile Patriot systems on its territory after North Korea announced its intention to launch ballistic missiles towards the island of Guam.
Patriot systems were deployed in Simani and Hiroshima towns on Honshu Island, and in the towns of Ehime and Kuchi on the southwestern island of Shikoku, Kyodo news agency reported.
A Japanese warship equipped with the anti-missile AEGIS system went to the Sea of Japan, according to NHK.
It is noteworthy that these four municipalities could fall on the course of the North Korean missiles if launched towards the island of Guam.
The Tokyo authorities announced on August 10 that Japan's Self-Defense Forces could intercept North Korean ballistic missiles if Pyongyang hurled them at Guam.
The North Korean Strategic Forces Command earlier said in a statement it was planning a pre-emptive strike on the island of Guam.
The statement said the strike was to launch four medium-range Hwassong-12 ballistic missiles towards the island of Guam and that its route would pass through Japanese territory.
The statement said the launch of the rockets would be "a fundamental warning to the United States."
For his part, US President Donald Trump threatened a violent response to North Korea if it targeted the island of Guam.