Rocket is lifted off from its launch pad in Musudan-ri, North Korea in 2009
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Japan prepares missile defences

Japan has ordered missile defence systems to be prepared in response to the planned launch of a North Korean long-range rocket next month, Japanese Defence Minister Naoki Tanaka has said.

Reports said the defence systems would be deployed near the island of Okinawa to shoot down the rocket should it threaten Japanese territory.

North Korea says the rocket will put a satellite into orbit.

Charles Scanlon reports.

  • 23 Mar 2012
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