1. MISSILE DEFENSE

    Japan Braces for N. Korean Launch

    Kyodo / Landov

    For the second time this year, Japan ordered its military on standby in advance of a North Korea missile launch planned for later this month. An attempted missile launch in April ended in failure. Japan has reportedly been notified of the trajectory the missile launch will take and is prepared to order its military to shoot down the rocket if it looks as though it will approach Japanese territory. Most of the international community, including China and Russia, have condemned the decision by North Korea to launch the missile.

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