MISSILE INTERCEPTORS HEAD TO OKINAWA OVER N.KOREA’S PLANNED ROCKET LAUNCH

HIROSHIMA — A transport vessel carrying ground-based ballistic missile interceptors left a Maritime Self-Defense Force base in Hiroshima Prefecture for Okinawa on Thursday to prepare for a planned rocket launch by North Korea.

The interceptors, named Patriot Advanced Capability-3, would be used should a satellite-carrying rocket North Korea says it will launch between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25, or its debris, fall toward Japan’s territorial islands close to the rocket’s projected path.

The MSDF’s Oosumi is set to arrive in the southern island prefecture in a few days for their deployment on Miyako and Ishigaki islands. PNA/Kyodo/northboundasia.com