01:52 GMT09 July 2020
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    Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday his country could strike down North Korean missiles fired toward the US island of Guam if they passed over the Japanese territory.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — "Japan is constantly maintaining readiness for any eventuality," the new defense minister said, according to the Kyodo news agency. He added Tokyo would invoke its right to collective self-defense to guarantee security of entire Japan.

    North Korea’s state agency KCNA reported earlier in the day that its military planned to complete a plan by mid-August to hit waters off Guam with four medium-range missiles. It said they would fly over three Japanese prefectures.


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