Japan Moves Missile Interceptor Under Flight Paths of North Korean Missiles

Pablo Tucker
September 22, 2017

Japan and USA missile defenses and radars are operating, he added, and North Korea is intentionally initiating provocations "that seem to press against the envelope for just how far can they push without going over some kind of a line in their minds that would make them vulnerable".

Japan announced it has deployed Patriot Advanced Capability-3 surface-to-air interceptors (PAC-3) in response to North Korea's recent missiles launches.

September 20, 2017 (EIRNS)-During brief remarks at the Pentagon on September 18, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, in response to a question, claimed that there are military options available against North Korea that would not result in mass casualties from North Korea artillery bombardment of Seoul, but he declined to elaborate.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, in his United Nations speech Tuesday, said the USA would "totally destroy North Korea" if provoked.

Mattis also confirmed that he and his South Korean counterpart had recently discussed the possibility of putting US nuclear weapons back into South Korea, an option that has been raised publicly by some South Korean politicians.

Last Thursday, North Korea threatened to use nuclear weapons to "sink" Japan and reduce the United States to "ashes and darkness" for supporting a UN Security Council resolution and sanctions over its latest nuclear test.

The defense secretary told reporters Monday that they include actions that would not risk Seoul, South Korea's capital of more than 10 million in range of North Korean artillery. This test was also sending a message to Guam, a US territory. "But we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return", Trump said Tuesday in NY. "There is a whale of a difference between listening to somebody else's different idea and then going right on about the way you were going to do it and being willing to be persuaded".

President Trump, meanwhile, has gone further in his statements on addressing a hypothetical North Korean missile attack.

During the speech, he also referred to Kim Jong-un's regime in North Korea as "depraved", and called the leader "rocket man".

North Korea's weapons drive is set to dominate Trump's address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and his meetings with South Korean and Japanese leaders this week.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reacted to Trump's speech by saying threats will not help solve the North Korean missile problem.

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