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Japan has deployed PAC-3 missile defense systems in areas North Korean missiles could fly over.   © Kyodo

Japan tightens missile defenses as North Korea aims for Guam

Tokyo scrambles to guard against failed projectiles, falling debris

| North Korea

TOKYO -- Japan has deployed interceptor missiles in case North Korea goes through with its threat to fire missiles into waters near U.S. territory, but what happens next remains unclear on many levels.

Pyongyang last Thursday threatened to fire four ballistic missiles into the Western Pacific Ocean near Guam, on a flight path that would take the projectiles over western Japan's Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi prefectures. Were these rockets to land in Japan, perhaps accidentally due to failure mid-flight, they would do so several minutes after launch, according to an official at the Ministry of Defense. They could also rain down debris including missile parts and fragments.

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