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A police boat patrols near one of Japan's PAC-3 Patriot missiles, part of its ballistic-missile shield, in Okinawa this week in preparation for North Korea's rocket launch later this month. (Kyodo News via Associated Press)

A police boat patrols near one of Japan's PAC-3 Patriot missiles, part of its ballistic-missile shield, in Okinawa this week in preparation for North Korea's rocket launch later this month. (Kyodo News via Associated Press)

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