TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's defense minister has ordered missile units to intercept a rocket expected to be launched by North Korea next month in case it flies over Japan.
The order from Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka came as expected Friday, following instructions issued earlier in the week for the military to prepare to intercept the satellite rocket in case it enters Japanese territory.
The "Unha-3" rocket is expected to fly past western Japan after its launch from North Korea's west coast sometime between April 14-16. The plan has raised concerns that a failed launch, or a falling stage of the rocket, could endanger Japanese lives or property.
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