Japan could legally intercept a North Korean missile aimed at Guam US base, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Thursday in remarks reported by Kyodo news service. This was reported by Reuters.
Onodera told a lower house of parliament committee that Japan would be allowed to hit a missile headed towards the U.S. Pacific territory if it was judged to be an existential threat to Japan, Kyodo said. This is a reiteration of the Japanese government's position.
Experts say Japan does not currently have the capability to shoot down a missile flying over its territory headed for Guam.
As it was reported earlier Pentagon has plan to strike 20 DPRK's missile sites. Priority targets will be about two dozen sites for launching missiles, test facilities and auxiliary buildings in North Korea, the report says.