Sunday 17 December 2017

Japan's leader vows to protect his people from missiles

Shinzo Abe has promised to protect Japan from Guam-bound north Korean missiles (Kyodo News/AP)
Shinzo Abe has promised to protect Japan from Guam-bound north Korean missiles (Kyodo News/AP)

Japan's prime minister has said he will do everything he can to protect people as tensions escalate over North Korean plans to send missiles flying over Japan toward Guam.

"I will do everything, to the best of my ability, to protect the safety and property of the Japanese people," Shinzo Abe said on Saturday, while visiting his father's tomb in his ancestral home town of Nagato, western Japan.

The Defence Ministry said on Friday it was deploying four surface-to-air Patriot interceptors in western Japan to respond to a possible risk of fragments falling from missiles.

The ministry did not confirm whether defence minister Itsunori Onodera has already issued an order to shoot down incoming missiles.

AP

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