Japan deploys missile defenses in Tokyo amid North Korea concerns

Updated 1:49 AM EDT, Tue April 9, 2013

Story highlights

NEW: Japan deploys Patriot missile batteries around Tokyo

Seoul said Sunday it believes a missile test could happen this week

North Korea says it will halt activity at the Kaesong Industrial Complex

South Korean Unification Ministry says no new signs of nuclear test preparations

(CNN) —  

Japan deployed missile-defense systems at three sites around Tokyo early Tuesday ahead of a possible missile launch by North Korea, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

The Patriot missile batteries were set up in the central district of Ichigaya and in the suburbs of Asaka and Narashino, Suga told reporters Tuesday. The deployments come as U.S. and South Korean officials warn Pyongyang could be preparing for another provocative move after weeks of belligerent rhetoric.

Suga had said Monday that the Japanese government would not publicize any missile-defense deployment, saying “It would show our strategy to North Korea.”

The comments came a day after North Korea said it would pull out all its workers and temporarily suspend operations at the industrial complex it jointly operates with the South, the latest sign of deteriorating relations on the Korean Peninsula.