|Japanese Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3)|
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan finished deploying interceptors on Saturday along the possible path of North Korean ballistic missiles Pyongyang has threatened to launch toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.
The deployment of the surface-to-air missile defense system in western Japan came after North Korea said it is "seriously examining" a plan to simultaneously fire four intermediate-range ballistic missiles over western Japan in an "enveloping strike at Guam."
The Air Self-Defense Force's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 system was deployed in the western prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi, which North Korea said its missiles could cross over, as well as Ehime which is located between Hiroshima and Kochi.
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