Tokyo orders SDF to shoot down North Korean missile if threat to Japan

by and

Staff Writers

Japan on Wednesday condemned Pyongyang’s plan to launch a space rocket, calling it a thinly disguised test of a long-distance ballistic missile.

The government ordered Aegis ballistic missile defense warships of the Maritime Self-Defense Force and land-based Patriot PAC-3 rocket units to respond should projections show components falling in Japanese territory.

“This will effectively mean the firing of a ballistic missile. It would be a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and a grave, provocative act against the security of our country,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a Lower House session Wednesday.

“Japan, in cooperation with the United States and South Korea, will strongly urge North Korea to refrain from (conducting) the launch,” Abe said.

On Tuesday night, North Korea notified the International Maritime Organization that it plans to send a “satellite” into orbit between Feb. 8 and 25. It said the launch will take place on one of those days between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Japan time.

Pyongyang conducted a fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6. The planned launch is widely seen as both a test and a demonstration of its advances in rocketry.

Feb. 16 is the birthday of late leader Kim Jong Il, the father of current leader Kim Jong Un. Observers believe the launch window has been set around the day for domestic purposes — to bolster the nation’s morale.

During a daily news conference, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga pointed out that the projectile, expected to be launched from a site in western North Korea, would fly over part of the Sakishima island chain of Okinawa Prefecture, which includes the islands of Ishigaki and Miyako.

Japan lodged a formal protest with the North’s embassy in Beijing at 7:55 a.m. on Wednesday, Suga said.

“U.N. Security Council resolutions have repeatedly banned any launch by North Korea that uses ballistic missile technologies,” Suga said.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani ordered the Self-Defense Forces to destroy any parts of the rocket should they threaten to fall within Japanese territory.

Japan has already deployed Aegis destroyers equipped with the SM-3 missile system at sea and Patriot PAC-3 air-defense units of the Ground Self-Defense Forces on land. Both systems are designed to intercept ballistic missiles.

Their primary mission is seen as monitoring the launch, but the deployment also appears to be a gesture underlining Japan’s determination to defend its territory.

Pyongyang’s declared plan would involve three parts of the rocket falling west of the Korean Peninsula, in the East China Sea southwest of the peninsula and in the Pacific Ocean east of the Philippines, respectively.

The rocket is expected to fly over the Sakishima island chain, according to a map with navigation warnings posted by the Japan Coast Guard on its website.

The course matches that of a ballistic missile Pyongyang launched in December 2012, Suga said.

Later Wednesday, a high-ranking government official said Pyongyang may be preparing to launch the same type of missile as the one it used in 2012. A Defense Ministry white paper says Pyongyang fired a variant of its Taepodong-2 ballistic missile at that time.

A missile of this type can fly more than 10,000 km if the warhead weighs less than a ton, the Defense Ministry said.

If North Korea develops long-range ballistic missiles using the technologies tested in the launches, “the missiles could have ranges that potentially reach the central, western, and other areas of the U.S. mainland,” the Defense Ministry concluded in its 2015 white paper.

Meanwhile, Washington and Seoul have both condemned Pyongyang’s plan.

“The international community would regard a step like that by the North Koreans as just another irresponsible provocation and a clear violation of their international obligations,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday in Washington.

“The U.S. has worked closely not just with our allies in South Korea and Japan but also with our partners in China and Russia, to convey to the North Koreans the need to end their provocative actions,” he said.

Earnest also maintained that China has “unique influence over the North Korean regime,” urging Beijing to join the U.S. and its allies to “counter this threat.”

Urging Pyongyang to drop its plan, the government in Seoul said the move would be a serious breach of U.N. resolutions and a “direct challenge” to the international community.

China on Wednesday expressed serious concern over North Korea’s plan, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang calling on Pyongyang to “exercise restraint” and not escalate tensions in the region.

According to the Defense Ministry, Patriot PAC-3 air-defense units have been deployed at bases and facilities of the Self-Defense Forces in Asaka, Saitama Prefecture, Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, and Naha and Chinen of Okinawa Prefecture, as well as at the Defense Ministry’s compound in Tokyo’s Ichigaya district.

The ministry said that it will consider whether further deployment is necessary elsewhere.

Aegis destroyers carrying the SM-3 missile system have been deployed in the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy over North Korea’s move Wednesday evening.

“It’s important that Japan and the U.S. coordinate with each other closely. We hope to increase dialogue between us,” Kishida said during the meeting.

Kennedy responded by emphasizing that the trilateral relationship among Japan, the U.S. and South Korea is “critical” to deal with North Korea’s provocations.

Staff writer Tomohiro Osaki also contributed to this report

  • 151E

    “Japan orders SDF to shoot down North Korean missile”

    I’m disappointed The Japan Times would use such a misleading and needlessly provocative headline when the truth is – rather predictably – somewhat more blasé. I guess “SDF to intercept any stray parts of NK missile,” while more accurate, isn’t as catchy.

  • Steven Evers

    What an amazing coincidence that our intercontinental exo-atmospheric kill vehicle technology leaders just announced an upgrade to the EKV two days ago:

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. During a Missile Defense Agency flight test, engineers gathered data and observed in-flight performance on Raytheon’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), which demonstrated the redesign of the EKV thrusters that provides the control necessary for lethal impact with incoming threats while safely outside of the Earth’s atmosphere.

  • Ed Nolan

    I hope they do. Good practice.

  • RobL_v2

    Welcome back to the world of men Japan, with the election of Abe it appears you have seen the harm of pajama-boy Liberalism. Hopefully the USA will have learned the same lesson.

  • Falcon269

    Kim Jon Un is hurrying to get all of this done before Obama-the-weak leaves office.

  • Reality Blowz

    What is the rest of the world going to do besides whine and moan about North Korea?

    The U.S. just released billions of dollars of cash for Iran because of their nuclear ambitions. Heck, Obama might as well toss a few billion towards NK as he pleads for them to play nice, then proclaim himself a great international peace maker (at bargain prices).

  • Reality Blowz

    What is the rest of the world going to do besides whine and moan about North Korea?

    The U.S. just released billions of dollars of cash for Iran because of their nuclear ambitions. Heck, Obama might as well toss a few billion towards NK as he pleads for them to play nice, then proclaim himself a great international peace maker (at bargain prices).

    • cooliest

      The billions of dollars were from frozen Iranian accounts. If we confiscated the money, it would set the precedent for other to do it to us.

      • HelvitiusPriscus

        And for US to bomb the crap out of them if they did.

      • liarliarpantsonfire

        No one “confiscates” US money. We just print more.

      • Charles Nash

        Iran has been printing counterfeit US money for the last 10 years on the same special printing presses our “friends” the amoral Swiss sold to Iran.

      • Platopus

        What are you talking about, for others to do it to us? In retribution for what? Iran invaded our embassy and took hostages for over a year! They owe us even more!

    • Airborne869

      TODAY
      THE OBAMA
      IS
      VISITING A RADICAL MUSLIM MOSQUE…
      GO FIGURE

      • TrajanOptimus

        He finally got tired of trying to hide the fact he is one.

      • Charlie Sommers

        It would make little difference if he was one since religious freedom is guaranteed in America but if he is one he is a very bad one. He eats pork, drinks alcohol. allows his wife and daughters to dress in immodest, for Muslims, attire, and has never been seen answering the mandatory call to prayer. He has however been seen attending Christian Worship services.

      • Charlie Sommers

        It would make little difference if he was one since religious freedom is guaranteed in America but if he is one he is a very bad one. He eats pork, drinks alcohol. allows his wife and daughters to dress in immodest, for Muslims, attire, and has never been seen answering the mandatory call to prayer. He has however been seen attending Christian Worship services.

      • Sumner Kagan

        allowed to do all of that if it’s to deceive infidels.

      • Scott

        Sorry Mr. Sommers but I respectfully disagree – for if Obama took the Oath of Office as a “closet” Muslim his oath, as directed by the Constitution and sworn on the Bible makes his presidency and all actions therein null and void in my opinion. And if I am right that gives serious cause for Impeaching Mr. Obama as well as trying him for treason.

      • Scott

        Sorry Mr. Sommers but I respectfully disagree – for if Obama took the Oath of Office as a “closet” Muslim his oath, as directed by the Constitution and sworn on the Bible makes his presidency and all actions therein null and void in my opinion. And if I am right that gives serious cause for Impeaching Mr. Obama as well as trying him for treason.

      • GreenGo

        And he is a drug user and bisexual. His “wife” is also rumored to be a transvestite, or transsexual.

      • YoDude12

        He waffles between love of islam and of a very left of center form of atheistic socialism. It must be difficult for him, but he has an innate ability to rationalize most of his hypocrisy.

      • MikkiDean

        Religious freedom is guaranteed? Where you been Charlie? Go ask the Mormons, or the … well you get the message. Freedom is only as good as conformity to the rule of the rich.

      • ddanimald

        He should be punished as an apostate Muslim since he says he converted to Christianity. Off with his head! Lol

      • Mina17

        There are two forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, taqiyya and kitman. These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause of Islam – in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.

      • YoDude12

        He would be if he didn’t have the level of protection the secret service offers, and all that being a US president brings in terms of protection.

      • Ed1C

        Nope-taqiiya is allowed, even encouraged in the furtherance of islam.

      • thaidude

        TAQIYYA

      • patriot2947

        He’s more of a “Illegal Alien Muslim…”

      • Dave Kirsten

        It’s a smoke screen and diversion. Something else is happening behind the curtain.

      • BobbyHead

        That’s because he’s a Muslim

      • Charlie Sommers

        The Islamic Society of Baltimore is hardly a radical mosque. Their mission is to serve the community with education, interfaith and civic relations, social, healthcare services, and much more.

      • Chuck

        Sounds exactly the same as the Mosque in my city. A former teacher there, is sitting in Federal Prison for planning a terrorist attack. His buddy in this, took off to Syria a few years ago. With the Feds hot on his trail. Religion of Peace stuff !

      • Chuck

        Sounds exactly the same as the Mosque in my city. A former teacher there, is sitting in Federal Prison for planning a terrorist attack. His buddy in this, took off to Syria a few years ago. With the Feds hot on his trail. Religion of Peace stuff !

      • Mina17

        One of the Imams he met with today is known for his public opposition to the LGBT movement.

      • GoldenRudy

        You are aware that ISIS is doing the very same in captured territory in Iraq and Syria, aren’t you? Laudatory?

      • YoDude12

        Islam is radical. So your argument is nonsense.

      • Ed1C

        Hey chuck, what’s you religious persuasion?

      • YoDude12

        A mosque that discriminates openly against females. A mosque that separates females into a gymnasium and males go to a prayer room that is grand. The females are forced to dress in a way that the males are not.
        Barak Obama is an islamic apologist. He may well be a”cloest muslim,” as his actions reflect complete support for islam and utter contempt for a religion he claims he follows.
        The man has issues.

      • MikkiDean

        Heck. He probably got tired of them having to sneak into the Whitehouse. It’s a free country. For now.

    • Airborne869

      TODAY
      THE OBAMA
      IS
      VISITING A RADICAL MUSLIM MOSQUE…
      GO FIGURE

    • BobbyHead

      Obama had no right giving Iran 150 billion of taxpayers money.

      • Horwitz_Farsnarkle

        It wasn’t U.S. Taxpayer money. It was Iran’s. The U.S. just had a lock on their assets for several years.
        But, he still shouldn’t have released the money to them since they’ll probably just use it to build missiles and bombs.

      • Charles Nash

        Yes but the demorats have already pissed it away as a “windfall’
        ” so the taxpayers will have to cough it up afterall.

      • Charles Nash

        Yes but the demorats have already pissed it away as a “windfall’
        ” so the taxpayers will have to cough it up afterall.

      • Charles Nash

        Yes but the demorats have already pissed it away as a “windfall’
        ” so the taxpayers will have to cough it up afterall.

      • Charles Nash

        Yes but the demorats have already pissed it away as a “windfall’
        ” so the taxpayers will have to cough it up afterall.

      • GoldenRudy

        He (the USA) did give Iran interest on that money held. I believe it is the only time interest has been paid on resources held as a result of a terrorist activity. Swell, no?

      • Rob Finn

        I would have charged Iran $150 billion for the 1979 Embassy takeover and the murder of our 240 marines in Beirut.

      • Ed1C

        Several years? Try since 1979 or thereabouts because of the hostages that were taken.

      • Horwitz_Farsnarkle

        It wasn’t U.S. Taxpayer money. It was Iran’s. The U.S. just had a lock on their assets for several years.
        But, he still shouldn’t have released the money to them since they’ll probably just use it to build missiles and bombs.

      • Platopus

        We should have spent that money a long long time ago, it would be in payment for their terrorism and taking over our embassy and taking hostages for over a year. Why didn’t any former President do that? USA = suckers – go President Trump!

      • Platopus

        We should have spent that money a long long time ago, it would be in payment for their terrorism and taking over our embassy and taking hostages for over a year. Why didn’t any former President do that? USA = suckers – go President Trump!

    • lizsalander

      He already has his Peace Prize. He thinks it will be swell when he good friends in Iran are nuclear – Valerie Jarrett told him it is a great idea. She should know, being Iranian herself.

    • haode

      a few more missile tests and nuclear detonations and the north koreans can close a deal selling the equipment to the cash rich, iranian caliphate.

      and north korea can use the cash. to “progress” its “defensive” weapons.

    • Lime n coconut

      Billions to nations who hate us, zero for vets! thank Obama and the other evils in charge.

    • Lime n coconut

      Billions to nations who hate us, zero for vets! thank Obama and the other evils in charge.

    • Scott

      Iran will be taken care of by the next administration of which I have no doubt…or they just might find themselves having the shortest tenure of any president in history.
      However, and depending upon which direction if/when North Korea does launch such a long-range rocket and MY elected representative (Joe Barton and Ted Cruz) do NOTHING, their tenure and electability may be just as short.
      We are long passed impeaching criminal politicians in this country.

    • whoodoo

      “Heck, Obama might as well toss a few billion towards NK…”
      Been there, done that, no change.
      Have you forgotten that Bill Clinton tried that approach to NK in the ’90s, promising energy etc, and NK went right on to develop its bomb?

  • Bolt Upright

    Is this the same missile system that defended Japan from Gojira?

  • UK1981

    Be sure to shoot really low.

  • UK1981

    Be sure to shoot really low.

  • Sincerita1

    This is going to cost lives, North Korean lives. Every North Korean failure has to be punished.

  • Sincerita1

    This is going to cost lives, North Korean lives. Every North Korean failure has to be punished.

  • phil

    Just have obama draw a line in the sand that the missile can’t fly over.

  • Hotguyg

    How come community organizing skills honed in Chicago don’t work in Asia.

  • Hotguyg

    How come community organizing skills honed in Chicago don’t work in Asia.

  • James Daniel Rogers

    Nice to see Japan have their skin in the game once again.

  • TheRightIsAlwaysRight

    This must be the new iMissile running iOS 9 made in China by child slave labor

  • Bill Booth

    The Japanese military can easily do it.

  • ZombieReady

    Will probably blow up on the launch pad.

  • John Wayne

    North Korea is going to launch it. They don’t care what the world thinks.
    See no need to write stories about condemnation and angry responses.

    If the world it not prepared to shoot the missile down or attack NK then just watch a Little Kim video.

  • Chet Shean

    North Korea should have been dealt with long ago. The UN is a worthless “club” that lost its effectiveness, sitting on its hands as Terrorists and Tyrants have their way around the world!!!

  • Aleric

    The US will do nothing and the UN is nothing but a worthless blackmail club designed to steal money from the EU and US. Japan will be on its own with the Pretender in Chief in office i Washington.

  • Aleric

    The US will do nothing and the UN is nothing but a worthless blackmail club designed to steal money from the EU and US. Japan will be on its own with the Pretender in Chief in office i Washington.

  • adbirds

    Warm up the B-2s, Aegis systems, cruise missiles. This could be hot.

  • adbirds

    Warm up the B-2s, Aegis systems, cruise missiles. This could be hot.

  • Herman Johnson

    Wow. I just don’t understand.

    I mean, after all, didn’t we have North Korea all calmed down & friendly with the U.S. during the fabled Clinton Administration? Didn’t Slick Willy & and Madelyn Not-So-Bright pay off North Korea to be nice & friendly? How could this possibly happen, comrades?

    Oh, well.

    In other news, it was announced by the FBI today that John Kerry had sent top secret U.S. information through one of his previous private email accounts.

    Analysts suspect that this was an effort to diffuse the rapidly growng Hillary Clinton email scandal by showing that “Oh, we ALL did it, what difference does it make?”.

  • Herman Johnson

    Wow. I just don’t understand.

    I mean, after all, didn’t we have North Korea all calmed down & friendly with the U.S. during the fabled Clinton Administration? Didn’t Slick Willy & and Madelyn Not-So-Bright pay off North Korea to be nice & friendly? How could this possibly happen, comrades?

    Oh, well.

    In other news, it was announced by the FBI today that John Kerry had sent top secret U.S. information through one of his previous private email accounts.

    Analysts suspect that this was an effort to diffuse the rapidly growng Hillary Clinton email scandal by showing that “Oh, we ALL did it, what difference does it make?”.

  • Sons of Liberty

    UN violations? Now that’s funny! As if any country fears the UN.

  • Sons of Liberty

    UN violations? Now that’s funny! As if any country fears the UN.

  • cooliest

    You’d think China would want to stop NK from interfering, and causing waves with their largest trading partners

  • clarinet

    Kamikaze the launch pad. Way cool.

  • Street Detective

    “what difference does it maaaaaaaake!” ~Hillary Clinton

  • Street Detective

    “what difference does it maaaaaaaake!” ~Hillary Clinton

  • Street Detective

    why is nobody remarking how this “satellite” could be an orbiting nuke designed to fire an EMP blast over the USA and send it back to to the 17th century?

  • Street Detective

    why is nobody remarking how this “satellite” could be an orbiting nuke designed to fire an EMP blast over the USA and send it back to to the 17th century?

  • Street Detective

    why is nobody remarking how this “satellite” could be an orbiting nuke designed to fire an EMP blast over the USA and send it back to to the 17th century?

  • clarinet

    Decide the launch by 6 coin tosses – we win 6 times!

  • clarinet

    Decide the launch by 6 coin tosses – we win 6 times!

  • clarinet

    Decide the launch by 6 coin tosses – we win 6 times!

  • clarinet

    Decide the launch by 6 coin tosses – we win 6 times!

  • Bolt Upright

    I’m concerned Bung Un will lob a nuke into Seattle canceling election this year.

  • Bolt Upright

    I’m concerned Bung Un will lob a nuke into Seattle canceling election this year.

  • 1twothree4

    Thank Billy Jeff and Madeline Albright.

    • Bolt Upright

      Un “tricked” Maddy.

    • Bolt Upright

      Un “tricked” Maddy.

    • Bolt Upright

      Un “tricked” Maddy.

    • Bolt Upright

      Un “tricked” Maddy.

  • 1twothree4

    Thank Billy Jeff and Madeline Albright.

  • Joltin Joe

    Just shoot the MFer down and watch fat boy Kim get irate. Then call and laugh at him and say “Your move”

  • Joltin Joe

    Just shoot the MFer down and watch fat boy Kim get irate. Then call and laugh at him and say “Your move”

  • Joltin Joe

    Just shoot the MFer down and watch fat boy Kim get irate. Then call and laugh at him and say “Your move”

  • Armand Rodriguez

    Every time I see North Korea threatening the world I’m so thankful the Clinton administration gave them the nuclear technology to build the bomb. I can’t wait to see what Hillary will do for them.

  • Armand Rodriguez

    Every time I see North Korea threatening the world I’m so thankful the Clinton administration gave them the nuclear technology to build the bomb. I can’t wait to see what Hillary will do for them.

  • jimsmith55

    Dropping an egg on Japan would be a game changer worldwide.

  • jimsmith55

    Dropping an egg on Japan would be a game changer worldwide.

  • jimsmith55

    Dropping an egg on Japan would be a game changer worldwide.

  • Don Corleone

    If Clinton and the ‘Smartest Guy In The World’ Jimmy Carter hadn’t given NK reactors and millions in cash to stop the rocket launches over Japan, the despot regime would have caved years ago…!!!
    CLINTONS’ DESERVE PRISON!

  • Pepperspray137

    Lil’Kim fat and harmless looking though he may be, has nuclear weapons. Ann NKorea needs is a fishing boat close enough to japan, they don’t need an ICBM.

  • Pepperspray137

    Lil’Kim fat and harmless looking though he may be, has nuclear weapons. Ann NKorea needs is a fishing boat close enough to japan, they don’t need an ICBM.

  • curenado

    The Japan missile crisis – again
    Will anybody feel bad the day the world gets tired of North korea?

  • liarliarpantsonfire

    I do wonder who a President Hillary will outsource the nuclear launch codes to.

  • Marc M

    North Korea has the lowest carbon footprint per capita and almost no inequality of wealth distribution. Cuba and Venezuela are are in hot pursuit.

    • 17_woods

      So what?

    • flyboy

      You are kidding, right? And the DPRK has the highest poverty rate of any Pacific Rim nation and nobody really knows how many the regime murders annually. You must like their state-controlled propaganda like shopping stores full of merchandise which is really just empty boxes on shelves for the video. Stories from those who have escaped though tell a FAR DIFFERENT story.

    • flyboy

      You are kidding, right? And the DPRK has the highest poverty rate of any Pacific Rim nation and nobody really knows how many the regime murders annually. You must like their state-controlled propaganda like shopping stores full of merchandise which is really just empty boxes on shelves for the video. Stories from those who have escaped though tell a FAR DIFFERENT story.

    • Misty Graves

      Do you do standup?

    • flashydave

      Yea I love their country’s satellite pix at night. They must be trying to land a UN space observatory.

    • flashydave

      Yea I love their country’s satellite pix at night. They must be trying to land a UN space observatory.

  • 17_woods

    Not going to happen.

  • 17_woods

    Not going to happen.

  • http://SodaHead.com/HankRockwellJr Hank Rockwell jr

    America should shoot down the Bucket-Head’s missile. The problem is that Obozo hasn’t the balls to do the right thing.

  • http://SodaHead.com/HankRockwellJr Hank Rockwell jr

    America should shoot down the Bucket-Head’s missile. The problem is that Obozo hasn’t the balls to do the right thing.

  • http://SodaHead.com/HankRockwellJr Hank Rockwell jr

    America should shoot down the Bucket-Head’s missile. The problem is that Obozo hasn’t the balls to do the right thing.

  • Misty Graves

    This is N Korea’s way of showing off what they have to sell to the other crazies in the world.

  • Misty Graves

    This is N Korea’s way of showing off what they have to sell to the other crazies in the world.

  • Ben Dover

    Do you think that perhaps Japan should be allowed a real military? After all, the post Obama version of ours really sucks.

  • Really?!???!!?!

    We gotta nuke all the slant-eyes just to be sure!

  • Mr. Six

    All the condemnation and protests in the world will not persuade these lunatics to stop.

  • BobbyHead

    The news report is misleading

  • BobbyHead

    The news report is misleading

  • SSINTENSE

    They should let them fire the missile. And then shoot it right out of the sky above North Korea. Let’s do our own tests too and show those North Koreans that they would never stand a chance in hell during war.

  • SSINTENSE

    They should let them fire the missile. And then shoot it right out of the sky above North Korea. Let’s do our own tests too and show those North Koreans that they would never stand a chance in hell during war.

  • Tsar of Earth

    I’d recommend Japan wait until the US election.

    They are just close enough to White that they can be certain that Obama does not have their collective back.

  • Tsar of Earth

    I’d recommend Japan wait until the US election.

    They are just close enough to White that they can be certain that Obama does not have their collective back.

  • avanteguard

    N Korea, Iran, the best solution for the good of mankind is to simply rain down nukes on them and end their terrorism and let freedom breathe once more.

  • James W. Smith

    i thought many years ago we should shoot down anything n korea gets into the air higher than 1 mile, after that bring them down. we have that ability and should use it.

  • JohnnyBowe

    You better not! You better not!
    The nauseating chorus of castrated government and UN officials continually chastising rogue states while allowing them to plod on with obtaining nuclear weapons and the vehicles to deliver them with is going to be the end of us.

  • TAG

    A due south launch on circumpolar orbital insertion path puts that missile straight up the Gulf Of Mexico and into the Mississippi River Valley if it’s in fact an EMP producing neutron weapon.

    USA; get ready for lights out and a covert rescue to safety as a false flag operation could be in the making…

  • spornbot

    Yawn.
    The launch will proceed despite the posturing and expressions of faux outrage.
    Much ado about nothing.

  • spornbot

    Yawn.
    The launch will proceed despite the posturing and expressions of faux outrage.
    Much ado about nothing.

  • Altoidian

    Well, that’s some mighty fine “hand wringing” you do there, Japan…I guess that and a good cup of tea will keep you snugly safe from all these daring “provocative” nuclear missiles those crazy Norks are tossing at ya.

    Grow a set of real balls and shoot the God dmaned thing down. It’s about time someone stamped their feet at these cowardly little asses in the North.

  • phoelix

    Japan leading against N. Korea’s aggression; even though the golf course in Washington is frozen and covered in snow, Obama still sidesteps any form of engagement.

  • haode

    if the japanese purpose is to start a war and take out the most north korean citizens, a japanese banzai attack on pyongyang would score more.

    sounds like the japanese have been too long without war.

  • tisho

    Well, they say when you hold a hammer, everything looks like a nail. There is a reason Abe wanted to amend the constitution and remove all restrictions imposed on their military.

  • JAFO

    Time to just wipe NK out.

  • JAFO

    Time to just wipe NK out.

  • Ron DePlume

    In the news today, people are up in arms about the government offering criminals in urban areas a $9000 a year stipend, and in exchange for the money, they will not commit crimes. The truth is that the US government has been doing that for years in places like NK, Pakistan, etc., but the figures are in the billions of US taxpayer dollars. Nothing new here, except John Gotti called it protection.

  • Ron DePlume

    In the news today, people are up in arms about the government offering criminals in urban areas a $9000 a year stipend, and in exchange for the money, they will not commit crimes. The truth is that the US government has been doing that for years in places like NK, Pakistan, etc., but the figures are in the billions of US taxpayer dollars. Nothing new here, except John Gotti called it protection.

  • Charles Nickalopoulis

    Can anyone just walk into a mosque, or does he or she need special permission? Anyone know their policies?
    Just wondering.
    I would think only Muslims could enter one.

  • Dio Jones

    Horseman everywhere, and millions in the valley of decision…

    Always be a light that is shininginthedark

  • ddanimald

    Hostage situation.

  • ddanimald

    Hostage situation.

  • Sumner Kagan

    sweet, we can finally test out some of our anti ballistic missile tech now.

  • Sumner Kagan

    sweet, we can finally test out some of our anti ballistic missile tech now.

  • Sumner Kagan

    sweet, we can finally test out some of our anti ballistic missile tech now.

  • Lime n coconut

    china not concerned because missile not pointed at them.

    amazing that north Korea will spend billions for missiles but fails to feed its people, they even starve a million at a time on purpose. that’s communism at its best.

    im also amazed that nations who hate (too many to list here!) hate free nations but always seem to have a hand out for financial assistance.
    Maybe they should get rid of communism and watch their nation flourish.
    But that wont happen because dictators and communist leaders are wack in the head- they love power, they love to torture they love to control. They also live high on the hog while their people starve.

    Too bad the youth today does not see this, but why do you think many citizens from communist nations will swim in shark infested waters, prositutiton themselves or stow away in a crate, just for the chance at freedom? wake up youth of today- you have no idea how lucky you are if you can keep the freedoms that are being eroded from our current regime- keep your eyes open and figure out why this is. Its your future at stake.

  • Lime n coconut

    china not concerned because missile not pointed at them.

    amazing that north Korea will spend billions for missiles but fails to feed its people, they even starve a million at a time on purpose. that’s communism at its best.

    im also amazed that nations who hate (too many to list here!) hate free nations but always seem to have a hand out for financial assistance.
    Maybe they should get rid of communism and watch their nation flourish.
    But that wont happen because dictators and communist leaders are wack in the head- they love power, they love to torture they love to control. They also live high on the hog while their people starve.

    Too bad the youth today does not see this, but why do you think many citizens from communist nations will swim in shark infested waters, prositutiton themselves or stow away in a crate, just for the chance at freedom? wake up youth of today- you have no idea how lucky you are if you can keep the freedoms that are being eroded from our current regime- keep your eyes open and figure out why this is. Its your future at stake.

  • Lime n coconut

    china not concerned because missile not pointed at them.

    amazing that north Korea will spend billions for missiles but fails to feed its people, they even starve a million at a time on purpose. that’s communism at its best.

    im also amazed that nations who hate (too many to list here!) hate free nations but always seem to have a hand out for financial assistance.
    Maybe they should get rid of communism and watch their nation flourish.
    But that wont happen because dictators and communist leaders are wack in the head- they love power, they love to torture they love to control. They also live high on the hog while their people starve.

    Too bad the youth today does not see this, but why do you think many citizens from communist nations will swim in shark infested waters, prositutiton themselves or stow away in a crate, just for the chance at freedom? wake up youth of today- you have no idea how lucky you are if you can keep the freedoms that are being eroded from our current regime- keep your eyes open and figure out why this is. Its your future at stake.

  • Ruckus

    Spray poison over the country. Their infrastructure is so weak, they would never be able to recover even from that small of an attack.

  • schoolingdopes

    Japan says this for every launch but then doesn’t follow through

  • http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/ Informed Voter

    The Japanese know what the true agenda is for North Korea and that is to disable US forces stationed in Japan, as well as to infringe on Japanese rights in the Pacific. The Japanese are strong allies of America, but they know we are a paper tiger under our current clown-in-chief.

  • Mithrandir

    Why not just blow it up on the launch pad? What good does it do to “restrict” a country from an activity if you’re not going to do anything about it?

    For Pete’s sake! N.Korea has concentration camps. I thought the world said, “Never again” after W.W.2? –What happened to the world’s spine?

  • Animedude5555

    Violation of “United Nations Security Council resolutions”? So it is now a crime under international law to launch a rocket carrying an orbiting satellite into space? Unless there is proof that this rocket is in fact a nuclear missile in disguise, then there is NO CRIME. I think I see what’s REALLY happening here. Previously very few countries other than the USA and its allies, and Russia, actually had the ability to put any satellite into earth orbit. But the US is jealous now that North Korea may be able to do the same thing. And with Japan being an ally of the US, Japan has decided to stand with the US in its jealousy, and condemn North Korea’s actions. Before Japan pulls the trigger to shoot down that rocket, they better be DARN SURE that it is in fact intended as a nuclear missile test. If Japan shoots down a peaceful mission rocket, then it will be JAPAN who is the aggressor, and their actions will constitute the start of a war. And the whole world will turn against Japan for their aggression, and also against the USA for its jealousy of North Korea that led to Japan’s aggression.

    My advice to the head general of Japan’s military is this. You better think LONG AND HARD about this, before you decide to shoot down North Korea’s rocket. ONE WRONG MOVE and you could start World War 3.

  • Charlie Steward

    This will go the same way it always does, the same way anything else this butt hole of a country does goes, no one will do anything about it, the news will make it sound like NK is a real threat, and people will be terrified for some reason.

  • UtopianPlan

    Japan has all it needs to destroy NK with one button. I’ve already said too much…..

  • Juanita Broaddrick’s Lip

    I’ll take Chick Corea over North Korea any day.

  • Juanita Broaddrick’s Lip

    I’ll take Chick Corea over North Korea any day.

  • Testerty

    Chinese foreign affair officer said the North Korean by launching this rocket is just gave somebody a tight slap and that somebody know who he is….. LMAO.

  • Mina17

    “As a result of this work and cooperation with allies and partners, the world is more stable than it was five years ago,” Obama added. (September 2013 address to the United Nations)

    “The world is less violent than it has ever been.” Barack Obama – June 2014.

    The world tetters on the brink and the “leader of the free world” lives in his bubble and believes that all is well.

  • DireMouse

    Little Kim is bat waste. The Chinese leadership support him. The Chinese leadership are bat waste.

  • PapaUmMaoMao

    I love you, Japan! I believe you to be an honorable and trusted friend of the United States, and that most of you reciprocate in kind. Yes… we both endured that horrible and awful period in the middle of the 20th Century, but we have managed to hold together since, and have cultivated a lasting respect and friendship toward each other. My sister-in-law married a Japanese national, and she bore him a son. My wife and I visit your beautiful and mystical country every other year… primarily Osaka, and have been doing so for 20+ years now. I mention all of this, because I believe that, should you decide to unilaterally take what I think would be a completely justified defensive move against the NORKS, you will more than likely be on your own. I seriously doubt our Jive Turkey in Chief will do anything to support you. So… please be careful, and remember… a year from now you will most likely have a friend in Washington D.C. that you can count on…

  • dale

    If NK wanted to attack Japan, they would attack Japan, If they wanted to attack SK then they w attack SK.

  • Mike Garr

    We would not have had a North Korea today had President Harry S. Truman listened to a military genius like General Douglas MacArthur and not restrained him from carrying out his mission TO FIGHT THE COMMUNIST ENEMY AND WIN.
    5 years earlier, he led the Empire of Japan to total defeat and surrender.

    I suggest reading MacArthur’s autobiography – REMINISCENCES.
    I also suggest reading Marine Corps General Smedley Butler’s book WAR IS A RACKET.
    The rationale of our so-called leaders is to appease the enemy by organizing conferences such as Yalta and Potsdam, thereby carving up the world ensuring future perpetual wars.
    Fighting the enemy to a stalemate as in Korea, for political agendas, also lays a foundation for another future war.

    War profiteering, population control, and the social engineering that results from its aftermath is why the world experiences wars.

  • Conservative Pitbull

    Japan does it right the first time. Buh bye NK. That fat pudgy dicktator is about to get an unscheduled haircut.

  • Wrong House

    I’d like nothing more than to see that sawed-off b@stard from N.K. put in his place. That being said, I would be somewhat concerned that shooting down their missile could result in fragments falling down on Japan.

  • frank3108

    They have their missile pointed at the building. I hope they know what they’re doing.

  • Meximus

    North Korea could detonate a nuke above the pacific ocean and Obama wouldn’t do anything about it or risk harming his sterling legacy.

  • Paul Johnny Lynn

    So…back to the topic of the article…seems they remembered to cover up the obviously stencilled INERT with camouflage this time.

  • Roy Warner

    It should be kept in mind that the only thing Japanese forces have successfully downed came in a test with preprogrammed coordinates. If Japan claims it will hit tumbling debris and misses, that could serve to embolden North Korea.

  • Roy Warner

    By the way, is there no moderator on duty? In what way are aspersions on the U.S. president’s religion related to a North Korean missile test?

  • Allwornout

    Is Rodman sober enough to pay a visit?

  • twistin

    step on them like a cockroach.

  • Desslok

    Maybe Obama can make peace with the NK potato head by giving him South Korea. Kumbaya!

  • Yams

    “violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions”

    Pfffffft…. Israel ignores over 300 resolutions. The U.N. has no authority to do anything.