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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)

Reuters Tokyo, Japan Aug 10, 2017, 03.37 AM (IST)

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.

 

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