Japan Gets Ready to Shoot Down N.Korean Rocket

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship Kunisaki, carrying ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors, leaves the MSDF base in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan. /AP-Newsis The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship Kunisaki, carrying ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors, leaves the MSDF base in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan. /AP-Newsis

Ahead of North Korea's rocket launch slated for between Dec. 10 and 22, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship Kunisaki carried ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors from a base in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan on Monday.

The Kunisaki and another MSDF transport ship, the Osumi, took the missile interceptors for deployment to Okinawa in case the rocket strays toward Japan.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 04, 2012 11:18 KST