PAC-3 Patriot missile units are deployed in the compound of Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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Japan deployed its Patriot missile defence system on Saturday after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, local officials and reports said.Japan has in the past vowed to shoot down North Korean missiles or rockets that threaten to hit its territory.The defence ministry deployed the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system in Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi in western Japan, which North Korea had warned could be along its missiles' flight path, public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News said. Japan has deployed the missile interceptors in the past ahead of other North Korean launches but has never actually shot anything down.
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