Japan Deploys Defenses Amid Korea Missile Fears

N. Koreans fail to show up at Kaesong complex

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 8, 2013 11:58 PM CDT | Updated Apr 9, 2013 12:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – Japan, fearing a possible North Korean missile launch, has set up missile defense batteries at several sites in Tokyo. The deployment comes amid warnings that Pyongyang may be preparing to launch missiles as soon as Wednesday, the New York Times reports. North Korea has threatened to attack American military bases in Japan and elsewhere, some of which are in the greater Tokyo area.

North Korea has made good on its threat to pull more than 53,000 workers from the Kaesong industrial complex it operates jointly with South Korea, reports Reuters. Workers did not show up at the complex this morning and Pyongyang has said it is considering permanently closing down the manufacturing zone, which lies on its side of the border.

South Korean soldiers salute a military vehicle as it leads South Korean vehicles from the North Korean city of Kaesong today.
South Korean soldiers salute a military vehicle as it leads South Korean vehicles from the North Korean city of Kaesong today.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
This aerial photo shows units of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's PAC-3s deployed at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo .
This aerial photo shows units of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's PAC-3s deployed at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo .   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
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