Japan’s military was put on high alert Tuesday for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch, according to a government source. Media reported that the country’s navy and anti-missile Patriot batteries were given the green light to shoot down any incoming projectile.
South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported from a government source that North Korea moved an intermediate-ranged missile to the East coast, but there were no immediate signs of a launch.
A South Korean defense ministry official said that it could not confirm the report, but they are watching North Korean missile threats closely.
A Japanese source said that there were signs of a possible Musudan missile launch from North Korea, which prompted them to go on high alert.
The Japanese military has gone on high alert several times due to potential threats of a missile launch from North Korea. North Korea attempted a Musudan missile launch in May which made the Japanese military go on alert.
In March, the United Nations Security Council imposed restrictions on North Korea and their quest for functional nuclear weapons. If they were to launch, they would be defying repeated warnings to not launch missiles and it would be a violation of U.N resolutions.
North Korea has unsuccessfully launched the Musudan missile four times this year.