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Japan has ordered its military in the East Sea to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by North Korea in the coming weeks.
Tokyo has grown increasingly nervous after Pyongyang fired two Rodong-class mid-range ballistic missiles over the sea last week.
A government source told Reuters on Saturday that Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order on Thursday to shoot down any missiles that North Korea launches between now and April 25th.
The source says the minister did not make it public in order to avoid putting a chill on renewed talks between Tokyo and Pyongyang.
The governmental-level talks between North Korea and Japan are the first in almost a year-and-a-half.