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The Air Self-Defense Force is ready to deploy its Patriot ballistic missile interceptors at short notice in connection with a rumored missile test by North Korea, the top Air Self-Defense Force general said Friday.

“We are now at the stage of collecting and analyzing intelligence, but we are making preparations to swiftly deploy (the interceptors) if the defense minister gives us a deployment order,” ASDF Chief of Staff Gen. Kenichiro Hokazono told a news conference.

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