Japan deploys two Aegis destroyers in East Sea
Amid speculation that Pyongyang may launch its mid-range Musudan missile within days, Japan has ordered its self-defense forces to shoot down any missile headed towards its territory.
Various media outlets report two Aegis destroyers equipped with sea-based interceptor missiles have been deployed in the East Sea under the order.
This marks the first time the Japanese Defense Ministry has issued such an order before a North Korean missile announcement.
Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters on Monday, that Tokyo, along with Washington and Seoul, is staying alert to secure the safety of its citizens in any scenario.
Suga declined, however, to mention the specific counter action plans held by the defense forces.