PYONGYANG -- Japan was exaggerating missile threats from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as a pretext to beef up its air defense system and "invade the DPRK by force," said a commentary carried Monday by the official Rodong Sinmun daily.
The purpose of the DPRK missile program, the commentary said, was self-defense and securing the country's independence.
Japna's claim of a missile threat from the DPRK is "entirely groundless and wild guesses," the commentary said.
Any attempt from Japan to intercept the DPRK's missile would be a "declaration of war," the commentary said.
The DPRK media said a Japanese senior military officer recently said Japan was ready to deploy its PAC-3 missile air defense system at any moment to deal with the DPRK's possible test firing of a long-range missile within weeks.