Japan orders shooting down of N. Korea missile

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In this April 15, 2012, file photo, a North Korean vehicle carrying a missile passes by during a mass military parade in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the late North Korean founder Kim Il Sung. AP FILE PHOTO

TOKYO – Japan has ordered its armed forces to shoot down any North Korean missile headed towards its territory, a defense ministry spokesman said Monday as speculation grows Pyongyang may fire one this week.

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order, which will see Aegis destroyers equipped with sea-based interceptor missiles deployed in the Sea of Japan, the defence official said.

The official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, said the order, which was issued Sunday, was routine and was being kept low-key.

“We won’t hold press conferences on this order because of Japan’s policy principle that we will not be swayed by North Korean provocations.

“If we announce this publicly and explain in details, North Korea will get to know part of our strategy,” the spokesman told AFP.

The order came as a top South Korean security official said Sunday that North Korea may test-launch a missile this week, while the United States has delayed its own missile test because of soaring tensions on the peninsula.

Kim Jang-Soo, chief national security adviser to President Park Geun-Hye, said a test-launch or other provocation could come before or after Wednesday, the date by which the North has suggested that diplomats leave Pyongyang.

North Korea, incensed by UN sanctions following its nuclear and missile tests and by South Korean-US military drills, has issued a series of apocalyptic threats of nuclear war in recent weeks.

It has also reportedly loaded two medium-range missiles on mobile launchers and hidden them in underground facilities near its east coast, fuelling fears of an imminent launch that may further escalate tensions.

North Korea also gave an evacuation advisory to some foreign embassies in the capital Pyongyang, warning it could not guarantee their safety after April 10 if a conflict broke out, although most appeared to be staying put.

Sunday’s order is similar to those Japan’s defence ministry has issued three times in the past — in April 2009 and in April and December last year — when North Korea launched what it called a satellite.

But this is the first time that an order has been issued before Pyongyang has announced any actual launch.

“There is not a high possibility that the missile would target Japan, but we have determined we should prepare for any contingency,” a government source told Kyodo news agency.

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  • Crazy_horse101010

    well we will see how good the norths missiles are

  • farmerpo

    Way to go. Any missile launched by the north should be shot down wherever it is headed. No one knows. Wayward missile have been known before. The world can’t take any chances given Nokor’s missile unproven technology.

  • banana na

    if it was not headed to japan, then, it will headed toward the philippines because NOKOR knows it will not be shoot down their missiles in the philippines territory beause we have not buy one an anti-missiles defense…

    • Alex Donahue

      North Korea doesn’t have a reason to target the Philippines and has no interest here. A lot of countries don’t have anti-missile defense systems at their major cities or military bases. Including the US. Why are they moving some to Guam then? This isn’t gaming at an internet cafe. Reality dictates that you need the technology and delivery system to hit your targets as well as the financing,resources, personnel, maintenance and more to maintain the arsenal.

      • banana na

        ang meaning ko baka mag-test ulit sila ng missiles nila ang name ay MUSUDAN missiles, kasi sabi nga ng S. Korea, japan at taiwan na if nokor missiles travel to their respected territories ay they will shoot it down, kaso, ang pinas ay walang anti-missiles kagaya ng PATRIOT MISSILES, diba, last test nila ay sa direction sa philippines sea sa bandang pacific ocean bumagsak…

      • globe_smart_sun

        North Korea does have all the reason to target the Philippines, because the Philippines is a military base of U.S.A. Simple as that, now you know.

    • white scorpion

      the tension could be a ploy to divert attention on china’s – phillipines, japan, vietnam’s claim on west phillipines sea. while on the other hand, test the weaponry of U.S., japan, and sokor. nokor knows it very well…..wala silang laban.

      • banana na

        i mean baka they will test their MUSUDAN missles baka sa direction ulit sa philippines water…..

    • $44479964

      any missile heading for Philippines will first enter the South Korean territory. SK will definitely shoot them down.

    • askal2u

      ang daming kwitis sa Bocaue, yan ang anti-missile ng Pilipinas. bat pala tahimik mga mapupulang hasang na mga makakaliwa laban sa North Korea at China na pinasok ang teritoryo ng Pilipinas at sinira Tubataha Reef dahil ninanakaw mga isda, pawikan, at corals don? Pag Amerika nakagawa ng mali ang iingay nila?

  • valsore

    This should have been Japan’s policy on the first place anyway. Don’t you spoil the tantrum-prone N.Korea.

  • angelwil

    US, SOKOR, Japan, should not be lured by NOKOR!

    China is using NOKOR as a bluff to divert Allied attention to the region. But
    in fact, China is at the stage creeping invasion right now. Taking natural
    resources, wealth of its small neighboring countries. US should not put all of
    its attention and military in the Korean region but should balance it with the
    South East Asian region.

    China: NOKOR, get the attention of the US, while I am making a creepingh
    invasion to the West Philippine Sea.

    NOKOR: Okay Boss. But after your victory, you must help me invade SOKOR and
    Japan.

    China: Ok. Sure. I will give you East Asia and South East Asia is mine!

    China: I will also instruct Iran to do the same tactic as what NOKOR is doing.
    I can promise Iran that I can give her the whole Middle East!

    So that no country can stop me! Bwahhh hahahaha!

    Today, the East is Mine, tomorrow is the World!

  • Alex Donahue

    Japan is not one you should ignore. They have the capability to mass produce nuclear stockpiles at will and with the most advanced technological delivery systems to date. Their military is pretty big too and they are very well versed in war.

  • white scorpion

    japan WITHHELD it’s news on military strategy against nokor. while in phillipines, at 6pm news. one of tulfo brother’s news headlines the military strategies of muslim towards sabah. what’s SOOO SHORT SIGHTED media man. what a way to become SIKAT. kahit ibulgar na ang plano ng kababayan para malaman ng kalaban.

    • askal2u

      stupid naman mga tulfo eh lama yata ng utak ay puro tufo.

  • $18209031

    Let this NK missile go straight to Yasukuni Shrine, the symbol of Japo criminality in all its glory.

    • $26149191

      Go straight to Tianamnen Square.

  • askal2u

    Watch, North Korea will say that Japan’s getting ready to shot NK missiles is a provocative gesture or any defense strategy that US, SK, Japan, and their allies will. NK want US and allies not to do anything or defend so NK can just shoot anything and the US retaliate, NK will say that US started it or has been a war-monger. Bunch of abnormal Korean communist, they should erased from this earth, especially their retarded leader and their stupid generals.

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