Chief Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Sunday inspected Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile units at the Defense Ministry.
Last week, Onodera said that further provocation was possible from North Korea on Oct 10, which is the date the North celebrates the founding of the North Korean communist party. Tuesday also marks the start of lower house election campaigns in Japan.
Meanwhile, in Pyongyang, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to continue the country's policy of simultaneously developing nuclear weapons, official media said Sunday, amid a tense diplomatic standoff with the United States.
Kim made the pledge on Saturday in a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
Kim, chairman of the ruling party, accused the United States of trying to "completely stifle the sovereignty, the rights to existence and development" of his country by "cooking up" U.N. sanctions resolutions "one after another with mobilization of (its) vassal forces," according to the Korean Central News Agency.
He was quoted as saying that North Korea's nuclear arms are "a precious fruition borne by its people's bloody struggle for defending the destiny and sovereignty of the country from the protracted nuclear threats of the U.S. imperialists."
North Korea will mark the 72nd anniversary of the ruling party's founding on Tuesday, and there has been speculation among some foreign countries that it may conduct another major weapons test around that day.© Japan Today/Kyodo