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Abe says N Korea rocket plan a serious provocation

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Abe (struggling to mask his excitement) says N Korea rocket plan a serious provocation

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IF they do launch and, IF it gets off the ground, then it is likely that it won't make it to orbit stage.

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"Forget what we said at the UN... They have have rockets, look, look they have rockets I tells yah!"

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I actually believe North Korea that this will just be a satellite launch; a satellite is much more beneficial to them than a missile at this point in time. A satellite successfully launched could be used by Kim Jong Un to dodge displacement in the upcoming May Converion, where the party will meet and potentially find Kim Jong Un incapable of being leader.

However, even if it was a missile.. It wouldn't be on the same level as modern missiles, which can go to space to avoid anti-missile countermeasures and then dive straight down on a pinpoint target.. This would be on par with missiles from the fifties.. Which we can easily shoot down should the need come.

This is just fear monger jog by Abe; he knows that North Korea poses no threat to Japan, and yet plays up their villainy to make himself look like a righteous defender of Japan.

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Any event is good for Abe to divert people from looking at his internal political agenda rand the quasi none-existence of any economical reforms to fix the country.

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This is just fear monger jog by Abe; he knows that North Korea poses no threat to Japan, and yet plays up their villainy to make himself look like a righteous defender of Japan.

No disrespect or anything, but you must be the only person on this planet who believes that the lunatics in North Korea pose no threat.

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Japan has just recently been given temporary membership of the UN Security Council and here he is speaking like he has been there since day one. N Korea will destroy N Korea. That is for certain, only a matter of time.

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@tigerstokyodome I said to Japan, North Korea's very existence poses a threat to SEA's geopolitical balance; but I meant that in the event of a war, North Korea would be unable to launch a successful attack on Japan; not to mention the forces of the US and the RoK's militaries would be fast to use their superior technology to disable the North's strategic military bases, leading to a swift defeat.

That's just one of the officially approved scenarios supported by the US military, which have done considerable planning and testing of strategies in the event of re-ignition of the Korean conflict. Honestly, the ones that should be worried about this test is South Korea, they're the ones that share a land border with the DPRK; not Japan.

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Perhaps Abe can explain why Japanese satellite launches are not "serious provocations"?

Abe loves nothing better than to posture and scaremonger, even when there is nothing to be worried about. Everything he says and does is aimed at pushing through constitutional changes that will remove liberties and freedoms. Abe dreams of the day when he will have the power of dictators like Kim Jong Un, sacrificing Japanese youth for the glory of fighting imagined enemies whilst he cowers in his underground bunker moving toy soldiers around a map.

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Everybody knows about that Abe .... the question is... what can you do about it?

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Oh, come on Abe! Before you go pointing the provocation finger you should consider what your representatives said to the UN today about the comfort women! If that is not provocation I don't know what is!

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"“The reality is that it is a launch of a ballistic missile,”

Where's the proof?

More fear-mongering from Abe, who must absolutely be drooling over this because it plays directly into his hands about security issues (in terms of defense, anyway).

So far we've had Yamagata-ken falsely announce a rocket launch already, who do you guys have as next on the panic-parade?

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time to test our new toys and NK is giving us a great opportunity.

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So far we've had Yamagata-ken falsely announce a rocket launch already, who do you guys have as next on the panic-parade?

Link? Sounds interesting.

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problem very easy fixed just blow every one they launch up. Little fat boy loves his toys and needs a spanking for his very selfish dangerous attitude.

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Yumster100: http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20160201-00000059-asahi-soci

They try to fob it off in the story as an email that was prep for an actual launch being accidentally sent, but it's not like it's the first time similar announcements have been made (some on a national level). It's POSSIBLE that that's the truth, given the sender called in roughly three minutes after realising the mistake, but you never know. In any case, even if its as s/he said, it's as stupid a mistake as announcing a launch falsely anyway.

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@smith,

Thanks for the link. Well, it did mention that the email of the incorrect statement was sent but not announced (as you incorrectly pointed out) but it was rectified immediately after which is the correct protocol. It happens in media often and not just in Japan (usually with an editor's note).

Anyway, I see Yamagata Prefecture has already started in on the proud Japanese tradition of announcing NK has launched a missile when it hasn't.

ミサイル発射が報道されることはなかった。>

I do agree with you regarding the recklessness of it all and they need to be careful. It is a stupid mistake that should not have been made. I appreciate the link either way.

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How on Earth could a North Korean rocket pose any kind of threat to Japan?

Japanese satellites and spy planes would see it fizzing as soon as they lit the blue touch paper!

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More fear-mongering from Abe, who must absolutely be drooling over this because it plays directly into his hands about security issues (in terms of defense, anyway).

@Smith: Agreed (which happens more often than not)

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Looks as if NK had launched her missiles.

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Yep, they just fired long-range missiles in the direction of Okinawa.

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