Japan Braces for N. Korean Launch

    Image #: 20358165    HIROSHIMA, Japan - Photo from a Kyodo News helicopter shows the Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship Kunisaki leaving an MSDF base in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, on Dec. 3, 2012, carrying ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors. Japan expedited deploying the PAC-3 missile interceptors in Okinawa Prefecture to prepare for North Korea's planned rocket launch.      Kyodo /Landov

    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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