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Japan Redeploys Patriot Missile at Defense Ministry

Write: 2019-10-11 16:45:58Update: 2019-10-11 17:40:10

The Japanese government has redeployed a surface-to-air Patriot Advanced Capability 3(PAC-3) missile to its Defense Ministry compound after removing it 15 months ago.

Citing a ministry official, Kyodo News said Friday that the PAC-3 has been redeployed at the Ministry of Defense site in the Ichigaya area of Tokyo.

The official confirmed the deployment but said that further details cannot be disclosed.

PAC-3s are designed to shoot down ballistic missiles, and can serve as an additional line of defense if interceptor missiles launched from Aegis ships miss their target.

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force also held a missile drill in Tokyo on Wednesday following North Korea's test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile last week. 

Kyodo News said the drill was aimed at easing public anxiety over North Korea's repeated missile launches.

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