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TOKYO: Japan’s Defense Minister Hamada on Saturday (April 22) ordered the Japanese military to prepare to shoot down a North Korean spy satellite if it fell into Japanese territory.

Hamada ordered the Self-Defense Forces to make the necessary preparations as he could “order the destruction of ballistic missiles,” the defense ministry said in a statement.

The preparations included arrangements for deploying troops in southern Okinawa Prefecture to “minimize the damage if a ballistic missile were to fall”.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said the country needs to move ahead with plans to launch its first spy satellite and counter threats from the United States and South Korea, state media said. reported on Wednesday. Japan prepares to shoot down North Korean spy satellites if they are in its territory

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