Sunday, April 7, 2013

Japan to order shooting down of N. Korea missile: reports

A possible scenario:  north Korea launches a test missile similar to the 1998 test and the track is a path through  or perhaps just near Japanese airspace  and Japan shoots it down.  North Korea complains that their test missile was attacked without reason and claims self defense and then launches a missile with a warhead against a Japanese mainland target which hopefully Japan would be successful in shooting down as well.  But of course the question would be: what comes next?

Japan to order shooting down of N. Korea missile: reports

POSTED ON 04/07/2013 3:03 PM  | UPDATED 04/07/2013 3:03 PM

TOKYO, Japan - Japan will order its armed forces to shoot down any North Korean missile headed towards its territory, press reports said Sunday as Pyongyang was reportedly readying to fire one.
The order may be issued by Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera on Sunday, April 7, or "in a day or two," the Yomiuri newspaper and the Jiji news agency reported.

The order would not be made public so as not to alarm the public, the Kyodo news agency quoted government sources as saying.

Under the order, Aegis destroyers equipped with sea-based interceptor missiles would be deployed in the Sea of Japan so they could intercept a North Korean missile if it appeared likely to land in Japanese territory, Kyodo said.

According to South Korean media, North Korea has loaded two intermediate-range missiles on mobile launchers and hidden them near its east coast, fuelling fear of an imminent launch that may further escalate tensions.

North Korea also 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.
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