It was reported earlier that North Korea would launch the missile between April 4 and April 8.
Among the US allies in the region, Japan has strongly objected to the missile build up and testing by the North Koreans warning Pyongyang that they will shoot the missile on sight in their air space.
The US said that the North Korean missile is capable of crossing the Pacific onto the state of Alaska in the northern tip of the US mainland.
South Korea has been feeding the US and its allies in the region on the latest developments of the North Korea missile build up.
North Korea’s planned launch is unlawful according to Japan, citing existing United Nations resolution on the matter. Japan said it will abide by and enforce the resolution.
Japan’s Security Council will meet this week to prepare for the shooting down of a North Korean rocket if it threatens to hit the country, Prime Minister Taro Aso said Wednesday.
Pyongyang has said that the rocket’s first booster will likely plunge into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) off Japan’s northern Akita prefecture, while the second will drop into the Pacific between Japan and Hawaii
In a retaliatory message, North Korea said any move by the US and its allies to intercept the rocket will be considered an act of war.
The US and Japan are working jointly on the missile defense shield to neutralize the North Korean possible attack.
In 1998, North Korea fired a missile over Japan and tested a nuclear bomb in 2006.