Japan on 'high alert' for North Korea missile launch

The Japanese government has said it is "on high alert" and was preparing for a possible North Korean missile launch that could threaten Japan as well as its US and South Korean allies.

Missile interceptors have been deployed in key locations around Tokyo as a precaution.

Security has been heightened in Japan in light of the North Korea's recent threats. Credit: APTN

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that they would take every possible measure to protect their citizens.

On Tuesday, North Korea urged foreign companies and tourists to leave South Korea as the situation on the Korean Peninsula was "inching close to a thermonuclear war."

Japanese missile launchers Credit: APTN