Japan authorizes N. Korean missile shoot-down


TOKYO– Japan on Friday issued the order to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it threatens the nation’s territory, the top government official said.

Tokyo has readied surface-to-air missiles in and around Tokyo, as well as in Okinawa, and is putting its armed forces on standby ahead of Pyongyang’s planned missile launch.

It is also deploying Aegis warships in neighboring waters.

Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto has told forces to destroy the projectile or any parts that look set to fall on Japanese territory, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters.

The communist North announced last week a December 10 to 22 window, its second long-range rocket launch this year after a much-hyped but botched attempt in April.

Pyongyang insists it is a peaceful satellite launch, but the international community sees it as a poorly disguised test of ballistic missile technology, which is banned under United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Washington and Seoul have urged Pyongyang to scrap the launch while Tokyo has postponed talks originally planned this week with North Korea.

Once Pyongyang launches the rocket, “the government will swiftly deliver information” to local authorities, as well as to broadcasters and directly through Twitter and other social media, Fujimura said.

“We would like people to carry on as normal because the missile won’t fall towards Japan if all goes as expected,” he added.

Fujimura said Japan was still hoping that North Korea would abandon its plan.

“North Korea’s rocket launch clearly violates UN Security Council resolutions, and also contradicts the UNSC presidential statement issued after the launch in April,” Fujimura said.

“If the launch is forced through, Japan will regard it as extremely deplorable.

“In close cooperation with the United States and South Korea as well as China and Russia, we are making efforts to call on North Korea to refrain from launching,” he said.

UN diplomats inside and outside the Security Council have started consultations behind the scenes on what action to take if Pyongyang goes ahead with the launch, Kyodo News reported.

Japan, the United States and South Korea have agreed to demand the UN Security Council boost sanctions on North Korea to levels that match those on Iran, the Asahi Shimbun daily said.

That would include increasing the list of financial institutions, entities and individuals that are subject to asset freezes, it said.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    “Tokyo has readied surface-to-air missiles in and around Tokyo, as well as in Okinawa… ”

    Hmm.. I think PHL authorities can call all the anti-RH lawmakers and CBCP to congregate in the area where most likely the rocket’s debris will fall and try to catch the pieces.. hehehe.. joke only..

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    Our government should waste no time.  It should also authorize Japan, the US, or any willing and interested country, to shoot down the North Korean rocket in case it threatens our territory, or we can ask North Korea to kindly  press the rocket’s remote self-destruct button in case it threatens our territory.  Whichever is more consistent with our national honor and pride.

    • KpTUL

       Are you out of your mind ? “Authorize ?” Do you even know what that word means ? Seriously, you need to get back to kindergarten dude ! 

      • mad_as_Hamlet

        Why, would you rather have Japan or the US shoot down that rocket without our authority or consent even if it’s already within our territory?  How many intruding rockets would we have then in such a case? At least two, right?  More, if Japan or the US misses its first shot. Seriously, you must be madder than I am,  and you need to learn the 3 R’s all over again, dude!

      • tukmoldinako

        LOL should have been better if he said ” invite the chinese military to shoot down the missile to see how good these tsekwas capability, anyhow they are both pasaway in incursion to territorial space.

        he started with” the government should waste no time”, like we have authority to US and Japan. Maybe he realized suddenly that we have no capability at all, ha ha ha ha 

    • marienkind

       What’s consistent with national honor and pride is not having any missiles flying over our territory be it US or Japan or Nokor.

      • mad_as_Hamlet

        And how do you propose to do that with respect to the NoKor rocket, consistent with our national pride and honor?  Put up a No-Entry Sign in our air space?  Who will hold the sign up? Casino, Ocampo, or whoever from Bayan Muna? Or should we just charge NoKor rentals for the use of our air space?  What would be a reasonabe rate   And in what currency?

      • marienkind

          Take it like the weak country that we are and not act like we can beg for
        protection from other countries and make it sound like we’re being
        “consistent with our national honor and pride”.

      • mad_as_Hamlet

        Sounds like a “lie-back-and-enjoy-it” advice to a would-be rape victim.  In your view, is not crying for help a good option?  Why? Or, why not?

      • Reign

        Crying for help? to other rapist? That will be indeed a good option. Ika nga galit ang kriminal sa kauri niya. eh?

    • http://twitter.com/gemaramil Karlos Aramil

      Pero nung South Korea ang magpapalipad ng rocket na which is clearly iviviolate ang ating “sovereignty” ay wala lang sa atin. Pwede pa lang maging selective pag sinabing “defend sovereignty”. 

  • iceman

    While all these things are happening, including the multi-national dispute on the Spratly islands, typhoon Pablo and our long struggle to fight greed and corruption, our very outstanding lawmakers are very much focused on passing the RH bill and Sin tax. And the CBCP is pretty much doing the same. The only difference is that we dont pay those bishops to do what they’re doing. But the government officials on the other hand..

    • KpTUL

       And what is your point ? Go blog somewhere else and do not polish your naivete here!

  • tarikan

    While the PROK (North Korea) was busy making/improving their missile/nuclear capability, the rest of the world esp the West and Japan including South Korea were busy sending food to the North. Dammit the North is busy doing something to kill you people and you are supplying him food! Skewed priorities? Love thy enemy and kill your friends? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Sushi versus Kimchi!

  • wakats

    This time, Japan won’t allow a repeat of north korean rockets flying over its territories like in 2006 and 2008.  They’ve readied land-based surface-to-air missiles and Aegis warships capable of intercepting incoming rockets through the ship’s ultra-modern and powerful computers and radars to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets.

    While Nokor is flexing its military muscles, their constituents are continuously suffering from food shortage due to lack of government food programs and concern.  The west keeps on supplying the necessary foodstuffs to slow down or convince north korea to stop developing its nuclear arsenal.

    The west, particularly Japan, must cease being bluffed by the Nokors and let them do their worst, though the heavens fall…


  • Immortal

    They have the sexiest man alive! 

  • http://twitter.com/gemaramil Karlos Aramil

    Pero pag South Korea okay lang? hmmm.

  • joshua kings

    ‘if it all goes well as expected.’  that’s the kicker north korea is telling the whole world….and she can conveniently if things go  awry say that….problem with nokor is that she can’t be trusted….
    my take is that this is just a test balloon by china thru nokor to check how her probable protagonists in case china starts to press her belligerent designs, will react….she is psyching up japan, south korea and the USA…to japan, sokor and USA, don’t give china an inch, 
    china is in the test mode (phil shoal included) right now, preparatory to her hege(de)monic plans……

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