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N Korean attempt to launch spy satellite fails; alarm sounded in Japan

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The launch prompted an emergency warning in Japan just before 4 a.m. over the J-alert broadcasting system, telling residents of the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa to take cover indoors.

We got the messages too, here in Tokyo.

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Did NOT appreciate the alarms at 4:00 this AM and then another about 15 minutes later staying it had passed and it was all clear.

Even the seldom heard, municipal warning system was blaring too! Going to be a lot of sleepy folks today!

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Scare the entire population when they are not firing upon japan. Those earth quake alarm gets your heart pounding.

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This means war!

We are gonna launch a satellite over North Korea tomorrow at 3:30!

Revenge!

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I was not in the least ‘alarmed’

North Korea has an exemplary record of not failing in launching missiles

I slept like a baby

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So, Kim's big one went flat?

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Heads will roll in NK because of the failure, maybe even literally.

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could it be electronic jamming! Or perhaps hacking into the system and changing the software command sequences pretty easy to do especially if you have the recovery missile first stage is critical, second stage is more critical but a failure in the third stage blasting system tells me something else especially being that they didn’t have this problem with the last attempt. Perhaps the recovery of the first one gave engineers a quick read to reverse engineer the system it’s ironic it got out of populated areas had this been perhaps the first or second stage it could have crashed in populated areas

The flights of the first and second stages of the rocket were normal, but the launch failed due to an error in the emergency blasting system during the third-stage flight," 

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Looks like this attempt also fell apart.

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Another well made communist product!! Such a utopia… lol lol

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North Korea has been called a 'rogue state', I guess the real rogue state is the one that continually starts illegal wars, forces countries like Japan to spend $trillions on weapons of war and whose economy is shored up by these sales. Kim is merely protecting his country from such a rogue state.

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So it's generally acknowledged as a Rocket launch attempting to put a satellite in orbit.

However the govt's official line is it's a Missile launch.

Just playing with words, but one scares the populace with hints of doomsday - missile, while the other sounds a more neutral description of technological advancement - rocket.

So the question is "When is a missile not a missile? When it's a rocket."

As dastardly as the NK regime is, it's doubtful whether nations can complain about their right to launch a "scientific rocket".

As others indicated the greatest danger is not the rocket/missile debate but where will it fall in case of failure.

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 The launch prompted an emergency warning in Japan just before 4 a.m. over the J-alert broadcasting system, telling residents of the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa to take cover indoors.

 

We got the messages too, here in Tokyo.

 

Yup, because the J government knows how to build an Emergency warning system. Take notes America, this is how its done.

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These alarms serve very well their purpose, to scare the entire population so they agree to rearm Japan. Old nationalistic powers in Japan should be overthrown, they ain't any good for the country.

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oops

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Wasn't there a Rom-Com called "Failure to Launch" with Sara Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey?

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The drama of the Japanese government with NK continues. Are they going to blow the alarms when they release radioactive water into the ocean today?

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Try again K.J. you will make it. North Korea is just like any natios has her rights to launch satellite to space!

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Another failure for the little rocket man.

All failed state NK knows is losing.

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Why no alarm when japan, SK or USA launch their spy satellites that can record me naked in my bath in my house

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@ZORGToday  12:17 pm JST

As others indicated the greatest danger is not the rocket/missile debate but where will it fall in case of failure.

Facepalm !

A missile "is" a rocket

Thanks for your facepalm...er ...reply.

We all know that. The point of my comments if you read well, was the govt using the terminology loaded with baggage - missile, as opposed to using the more neutral term - rocket.

As in - when Japan puts a satellite into space it will announce that it uses a rocket eg H-2A. The H-2A by definition is also a missile but the term is never used. Why?

Because it has negative connotations.

Simple.

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Try again K.J. you will make it. North Korea is just like any natios has her rights to launch satellite to space!

Go back to your handlers and tell them you need more training. The evil capitalists are seeing though the poorly written diatribes.

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So, North Koreans are starving to death, and over-fed Kim wants to spend money on things he doesn't need. How many Koreans could have been fed with the money spent on that one rocket/satellite?

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