Japan warns it might shoot down North Korea Rocket

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    BBC News - Japan will intercept N Korean rocket if necessary

    So, Japan is warning NK that it might shoot down the rocket NK plans to use to put a satellite in orbit for the first time.

    It strikes me as odd that there would be any legal justification for doing so, especially if the rocket does it's ascent stage in NK airspace.

    What missile would Japan use to try and intercept this rocket if they do decide to go ahead? Has Japan taken delivery of SM3s?

    Does anyone know where the NK rocket launch site is? And more specifically, how close is it to the coast?

    Personally, I think this is just political posturing, and that Japan would never do such a thing.

    The risk and consequences would be just too great. Japan would really struggle to justify intercepting the rocket if it violated NK airspace in order to do so, but if they waited until the rocket was outside of NK airspace, well it would either be in space (which again would be extremely hard to justify shooting it down since space is neutral and everyone's satellites pass over everyone else in space) or it would be so high that there would be a high risk that falling debris will hit Japan, which would be an own goal of monumental proportions if that happened.
     
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    Given how dodgy North Korean missile technology is, if it comes anywhere near Japan I think Tokyo could argue that it's better to be safe than sorry, rather than see it (in part or whole) coming crashing down on someone's house or a school.

    I don't think anyone would speak out on behalf of "no-mates Pyongyang" if Japan did shoot the missile down.
     
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    Given that there is no such thing as 100% reliability, does this mean it is okay for Western satellites to be shot down as well? For example, a few months ago, a German satellite could have potentially crashed right into Beijing. Perhaps China should be safe than sorry, rather than seeing satellites (in part of whole) come crashing down on someone's house or school.
     
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    Japan's argument could be that NK violates the treaty of not stationing weapons in space that in turn allows everyone to use it. We need more information for a meaningful discussion.
     
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    This is all fuss as we more or less all know, but currently the western world (Japan & S.K included) have an upper hand that "legally", UN (yes, UN) during the Clinton administration, put up a ban on N.K, that prevents it from "luanching any thing with / related to blastic missile TECHNOLOGY" - which pretty much banned the right of sapce exploration of N.K.

    One thing I don't get it, when the rest of world claims they leaning on "get in some touch with the new leader of NK, see if anything might changes", and the facts that this time, the NK appeals (instead of outright ignores the "imperialists world") to the international communittes with a somewhat civiled manner, that they are doing civilian space exploration instead of BM tests - shows the new leadership dose want to play a little nicer. Yet a "nothing changes" attitude we can see for the rest of the world.

    Like Engineer indicated at #3, showing muscle in the name of righteousness, can go both ways.

    A cold war common enemy suits many people's political agenda I presume?
     
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    Yet no one has ever claimed that the satillete NK plan on putting in space is a weapon.

    I cannot grasp how anyone could condemn NK for putting a satillete in space when everyone else openly tests ICBMs all the time.
     
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    Japan is saying
     
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    Japanese destroyers are sitting of the shores of Japan ready to intercept, when is the North Korean launch due?
     
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    ^^^ looks like April 15th is the best guess I can find out. :confused:...stand by!

    Click on the link for the full article.

    North Korea missile launches raise tensions | World news | guardian.co.uk

     
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    It has been said that past N.Korean launches' trajectories weren't overpass Japan islands, but south of them, thus this time Japan announced they stations Patriot missiles on Okinawa is in fact not in response to N.Korea, but something else entirely, primary against China.
     
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