As the United States of America and North Korea engage in a heated verbal joust, countries in the region are preparing themselves for the worst case scenario. Japan, a country within striking range of North Korea’s missiles, is deploying its Patriot missile defence system.
Japan’s defence ministry has deployed the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system in Western Japan, an area that North Korea has warned could be along its missiles’ flight path. The government hopes to complete the deployment of the Patriot defence systems by Saturday morning.
North Korea’s successive ballistic missile tests have often landed in the Sea of Japan, causing much concern in the Japanese government. The recent heightening of tensions by US President Trump’s incendiary comments have increased the possibility of North Korea striking Japan and South Korea, in addition to Guam.