Go Japan Go!

Eileen McDevitt and Larrey Anderson
The Japanese have threatened to shoot down the North Korean “satellite” if the “boosters” for the “satellite” come anywhere near Japan.

Most analysts think that North Korea is launching a Taepodong-2 ballistic missile -- not a satellite. But if you can’t trust Kim Jong-il -- who can you trust?

The Guardian is reporting:

Japan today threatened to shoot down a satellite that North Korea plans to launch early next month if it shows any signs of striking its territory.

Tokyo's warning that it would deploy its multibillion-dollar missile defence system raised tensions in the region after North Korea said that it had identified a potential "danger area" near Japanese territory along the rocket's flight path.

Officials in Tokyo said they reserved the right to destroy any threatening object in mid-flight, despite North Korean warnings that it would consider such a move an act of war. "Under our law, we can intercept any object if it is falling towards Japan, including any attacks on Japan, for our security," Takeo Kawamura, the chief cabinet secretary, told reporters.

Hey Hillary: How’s that “smart power ” diplomacy working out for you?


The Japanese have threatened to shoot down the North Korean “satellite” if the “boosters” for the “satellite” come anywhere near Japan.

Most analysts think that North Korea is launching a Taepodong-2 ballistic missile -- not a satellite. But if you can’t trust Kim Jong-il -- who can you trust?

The Guardian is reporting:

Japan today threatened to shoot down a satellite that North Korea plans to launch early next month if it shows any signs of striking its territory.

Tokyo's warning that it would deploy its multibillion-dollar missile defence system raised tensions in the region after North Korea said that it had identified a potential "danger area" near Japanese territory along the rocket's flight path.

Officials in Tokyo said they reserved the right to destroy any threatening object in mid-flight, despite North Korean warnings that it would consider such a move an act of war. "Under our law, we can intercept any object if it is falling towards Japan, including any attacks on Japan, for our security," Takeo Kawamura, the chief cabinet secretary, told reporters.

Hey Hillary: How’s that “smart power ” diplomacy working out for you?