Japan Could Intercept North Korean Rocket
Japan's government stated it would shoot down any pieces of North Korea's satellite that looks as though it will be landing in their country when it launches between April 4 and 8.
Japan ordered two destroyers with Aegis anti-missile systems into the Sea of Japan and is moving Patriot land-to-air missiles to the country's northern coast, where the North Korean rocket is likely to fly over.
North Korea says any attemps to intercept the rocket would be interpreted as an act of war.
The US said a launch would violate UN Security Council resolutions. Russia said North Korea should "abstain" from testing any missiles.
Japan's Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada issued the orders to mobilise Japan's missile defence shield after a meeting with Prime Minister Taro Aso and cabinet ministers.
"We will do our best to handle any flying object from North Korea in order to assure the Japanese people's safety and security," said Mr Hamada.
Japan ordered two destroyers equipped with American-built Aegis anti-missile systems into the Sea of Japan, and said it would soon move Patriot land-to-air missiles to the country's northern coast, over which the North Korean rocket is likely to fly.