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Japan says it will destroy any North Korean missile that violates its territory

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interesting that they chose to inform Japan this time.

I'm going to just guess its because they don't want it shot down.

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Thanks for the heads up, bud.

Being a huge fan of all the space launches and stuff, getting a heads up from Kimmy-Jong and looking forward to watching his likely unsuccessful launch is fun stuff. It's like a kid doing a 10 foot dive for the first time(not actually the first time), likely to end in a belly flop, but a good learning experience for him.

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"We strongly urge North Korea to refrain from launching while cooperating with relevant countries such as the U.S. and South Korea,"

In other words, Japan is like "Watch it now! I got my homies who got my back, North Korea! And they don't play! They READY when I say!"

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Wow, how polite of little kim!! so why inform Japan this time!? there is more to this than what we are reading.

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Notifies?! That's a new one. Is N. Korea pretending to be a responsible country?

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They seem to use Dell computers with windows 7 and Office. Hmmm...

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The preservation of Japan's air, sea and land rights are imperative to any island nation. To defend those rights are constitutionally valid. Japan needs to deny North Korea access to any air space.no matter what the altitude just as it would deny them access to her sea space no matter what the depths. Japan is not a doormat for murderous tyrannies...

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With the continuing border war debacle between Ukraine and Russia Kim sees an opportunity to launch missile s and now a satellite. He his a war monger. Left un-leashed he will eventually reek havoc!

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"NicolòToday 08:44 am JST

They seem to use Dell computers with windows 7 and Office. Hmmm..."

I noticed how archaic their computers are (were).

The whole photo looks dodgy to me too, a poor photo shop attempt?

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Nicolò

They seem to use Dell computers with windows 7 and Office. Hmmm...

They're using Dell displays. We don't know what brand of computers they're using.

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I wonder if they know how to turn on the other monitors?

I’m assuming the IT guy did the first two and left.

Kim got his ashtray and his audience, he’s good for the day anyway.

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I wonder if the US, Japan and Soth Korea would have the capabilities to jam communications with the rocket as it ascends, or even cause it's failure . . . .

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Or even better, if they had the capability to turn it back to where it came from!

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Although the computers look hilarious in today's standards, you got to remember that the man on the moon mission had computers far less sophisticated as the cell phone in our pockets. They can get it done, it's just that we've already got it done, many years ago.

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They're getting lots of Russian 'rocket' know-how these days, wonder why?! NK clearly excited about emerging China led Global South Multi Polar World, especially their proxy military capabilities to support China etc.

Anyway, good NK's notifying world and even better if this capability can be used to actually improve life in NK for regular folks, rather than continued military escalation.

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They seem to use Dell computers with windows 7 and Office. Hmmm..."

And of course they paid for the licenses, right?

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I wonder if the US, Japan and Soth Korea would have the capabilities to jam communications with the rocket as it ascends, or even cause it's failure . . . .

They probably do. Hence the early notification from NK.

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Just because they’re going to launch something doesn’t mean it will be a success

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Under what legal authority?

 I wonder if the US, Japan and Soth Korea would have the capabilities to jam communications with the rocket as it ascends, or even cause it's failure . .

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Interesting to note he gave his entire NADA personnel the day off?! (smirking smile)

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I believe it when I see it. lol

In fact it’s very expensive to shoot down all of such big or smaller missiles, drones , balloons or whatever incoming objects and additionally you get into even much more trouble yourself if any of such a shooting down attempt should fail and then suddenly puts all of your whole defense concepts into questioning. Otherwise it would have been done all the time already, but it hasn’t.

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So what’s the message to North Korea?

Don’t you dare act like a civilised country and warn your neighbours about a satellite launch… keep it to yourselves!

Seems a bit like a step in the wrong direction by the government here….

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"We will take destructive measures against ballistic and other missiles that are confirmed to land in our territory," Japan's defense ministry said in a statement.

Of course.

But it's a satellite, it's probably not meant to land anywhere

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I would like more information.

If the NK rocket is above 50 miles altitude, when and if it crosses above Japan, would that be high enough for it to be considered in outer space?

Does a satellite launch from NK have to cross Japanese territory on its way into space?

Depending on where the rocket is launched from in NK, wouldn't it achieve space altitude before crossing Japanese territory?

What about South Korea?

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Japan is displaying a flippant attitude towards a peaceful announcement of a North Korean satellite being launched. The LDP people in power are quite repugnant when it comes to dealing with the DPRK. In the headline, Japan Today says "missile", but in the story, JT says "projectile." Which is it? Shoddy reporting and very slanted towards Japan and not giving any benefit of the doubt to North Korea. Does Japan have ICBMs? Maybe Kishida has a little Napoleon Complex when it comes to Kim. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. My hardly earned Yen is on North Korea successfully launching and getting it into orbit while Japan passively sits by.

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This is just pure non-sense.

North Korean rocket is being launched south bound toward Okinawa, but it would be in thousands of kms in orbit by the time it gets to Okinawa. This is the debris drop points warned by North Korea. Not only is Japan incapable of intercepting North Korean rocket and its payload, it's illegal to do so once the rocket reaches 100 km in altitude.

https://www.cnn.com/2012/12/11/opinion/north-korea-rocket-timing/index.html

https://media.cnn.com/api/v1/images/stellar/prod/121212032726-north-korea-rocket-trajectory.jpg

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Can you imagine Japan doing the same to North Korea/South Korea, firing missiles over Korean skies/space. Testing ballistic missiles of different types over Korean territory, waters, space.

Emotional Koreans gets upset with Japan from a simple visit to a shrine, from receiving Japanese apologies, but not being sincere enough for their victim mentality.

Japan Firing missiles over Korean skies, would be WW3 for Koreans. WTO complain, USA complain, Koreans would complain for the next 100 years.

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Japan is full of bluster and as other posters have opined, it wouldn’t be possible to intercept a missile at such a speed and range

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What about your territories violated by military bases from good old US??..

Japan, where is your sovereignty??..

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@ReasonandWisdomNippon

Can you imagine Japan doing the same to North Korea/South Korea, firing missiles over Korean skies/space.

Firing missiles over Korean space is fine, the problem is the re-entry stage, because there is no way you can avoid landing your warhead in China if you try to keep your warhead's altitude at the minimum of 100 km over Korea.

The international waters between Korea and Shandong can be as narrow as 100 km.

Testing ballistic missiles of different types over Korean territory, waters, space.

Rockets are normally launched from West to East due to Earth's rotational direction.

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They seem to use Dell computers with windows 7 and Office.

Clever move on the North's part. Windows 11 and Office 365 are basically MS (read U.S. government) spyware. Also, they rejecting the WEF's notion of "You shall own nothing and be happy." Subscription models are the worst. Windows 7, combined with Office 2013 was awesome and is still doing the job fine for the N. Koreans.

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A risky statement that they will shoot it down if it enters Japanese territory. If they try and fail it will turn into a huge embarrassment for Japan and a boost to NK confidence in their missiles. Such a boost in confidence would no doubt be quickly followed by more bellicose behavior from Kim and his cohorts.

Better to not have said anything publicly, and if they try but fail then keep that silent to save face and stop NK getting any beneficial propaganda from a Japanese failure.

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Seems they are dying to go to war in any minute, both sides. It's been 78 years for Japan and 70 years for N Korea to fight the last war.

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What about your territories violated by military bases from good old US??..

Japan, where is your sovereignty??..

It's called a military alliance.

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@Tokyoliving

What about your territories violated by military bases from good old US??..

No territory violated by the USA, Japan allows the US military as part of SOFA.

What about China? It violates the territories of many countries!! Japan, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and many more.

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As long as the Japanese army , navy or airforce is aiming at the rocket NK has nothing to fear.

politically also playing in the cards of NK by threatening to shoot down an announced launch.

Not surprised to see Japanese politicians fall for any trap no matter how obvious

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ReasonandWisdomNipponToday  02:52 pm JST

Can you imagine Japan doing the same to North Korea/South Korea, firing missiles over Korean skies/space. Testing ballistic missiles of different types over Korean territory, waters, space.

Emotional Koreans gets upset with Japan from a simple visit to a shrine, from receiving Japanese apologies, but not being sincere enough for their victim mentality.

Japan Firing missiles over Korean skies, would be WW3 for Koreans. WTO complain, USA complain, Koreans would complain for the next 100 years.

What do visits to Yasukuni have to do with this article about North Korea launching a satellite rocket. Nothing of course. Typical right wing mentality to be off topic and put South & North Korea together in one basket when the two countries are still 'at war' with each other but with a very long cease fire in effect. Most South Koreans I know are willing to go to war and die to protect South Korea from the North.

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So Japan is taking precautions in case it's not a satellite launch

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I think many of you are overlooking the fact that what the DPRK is so kindly forewarning Japan it is about to, i.e. a development and testing of ballistic missile technology, has been prohibited by the UN Security Council for the better part of the past two decades. Let's start there before you congratulate the Dear Leader of being a considerate neighbor.

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If course they should shoot down any missile that crosses into its territory... every country would. Heck, Biden even shoots down weather balloons if they do that... What is the point of announcing that?

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a development and testing of ballistic missile technology, has been prohibited by the UN Security Council for the better part of the past two decades.

You mean no other countries are developing and testing ballistic missile tech?

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development and testing of ballistic missile technology, has been prohibited by the UN Security Council for the better part of the past two decades.

The UN security council has no rights or authority to ban any nation from doing anything. They may have passed a resolution but they can do nothing but apply sanctions if a nation will not agree to whatever the resolution is. A good example is Israel ignoring UNSC resolutions against it for decades. NK is simply doing the same.

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Peter14

My guess is that you have issues with Israel ignoring UNSC resolutions? Then you should feel the same about what the DPRK is doing in this case. Of course the former is a generally highly disputed issue while the latter is not...

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Great! your gonna need the practice might as well use NK missles to target shoot downs.

Sounds like fun.

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A drone is not a satellite. If NK thinks they can fly drones and call it a space program Japan has every right to shoot them down.

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