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Japan 'on alert' over possible North Korea missile launch

Japan has put its military on alert for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch, according to the Kyodo news agency.

The country has also ordered naval destroyers and anti-ballistic missile Patriot batteries to be ready to shoot down any projectile heading for it, the agency added.

But a spokesman for Japan's Ministry of Defence in Tokyo declined to say whether such an order has been issued.

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