Japan could legally intercept a Guam-bound North Korea missile: Report
Japan's defence minister Itsunori Onodera attends a news conference at Defence Ministry in Tokyo. Photograph: (Reuters)
Japan could legally intercept a North Korean missile headed towards Guam, defence minister Itsunori Onodera said on Thursday in remarks reported by Kyodo news service.
Onodera told a lower house of parliament committee that Japan would be allowed to hit a missile headed towards the US Pacific territory if it was judged to be an existential threat to Japan, Kyodo said.
This is a reiteration of the Japanese government's position.
Experts say Japan does not currently have the capability to shoot down a missile flying over its territory headed for Guam.