• Kyodo News


Senior ruling coalition officials approved a plan Tuesday to put on hold additional deployments of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors for missile defense in fiscal 2010.

This will be followed by a government decision on whether to include its PAC-3 policy in an appendix of a new basic defense guideline scheduled to be compiled by October, government sources said, adding that any actual deployment will wait until fiscal 2011 or later.

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