Japan military on standby for DPRK rocket

2012-12-05 07:32:48 GMT2012-12-05 15:32:48(Beijing Time)  SINA English

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has again spurred a global outcry with its to-be rocket launch.

Japan’s defense ministry has announced it will deploy four Patriot missile systems in southern Okinawa and two adjoining islands ahead of the long-range rocket launch slated by Pyongyang for December 10-22.

It is also planning to dispatch four Aegis warships to the area, Japanese military has said.

In addition, several PAC 3 surface-to-air systems will be put on standby outside Tokyo. Japanese radars will be tracking the whereabouts of the DPRK rocket carrier together with a US surveillance satellite, which will be transmitting data directly to Tokyo.

Japan is also going to use an emergency satellite message system called J-Alert to inform people about the launch.

The DPRK experts have completed the process of setting up a three stage "Shohei" rocket on the launch pad which according to Pyongyang will be used to launch a research satellite.

Relevant information is being circulated in South Korean media. According to the Yonhap News Agency, work on installing the rocket on the launch pad was completed Wednesday morning.

Installation of the first stage was completed on Monday, and the second stage on Tuesday.

The international community suspects that the space program of the DPRK is a cover to conduct ballistic missile tests.

In April there was an unsuccessful launch that was condemned by many countries.

Both China and Russia has urged Pyongyang to act prudently over the planned launch.

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