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    Japan to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat

    So if North Korea attacks Japan, we will have to go to war with North Korea.

    Japan to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat | Reuters

    Japan will strike any North Korean ballistic missile that threatens to hit Japan in the coming weeks after Pyongyang recently fired medium-range missiles, a government source said on Saturday.

    Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order, which took effect on Thursday and runs through April 25, the day that marks the founding of North Korea's army, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

    Following the order, meant "to prepare for any additional missile launches," a destroyer was dispatched to the Sea of Japan and will fire if North Korea launches a missile that Tokyo deems in danger of striking or falling on Japanese territory, the source said.

    Tensions have been building between North Korea and its neighbors since Pyongyang - in an apparent show of defiance - fired two Rodong missiles on March 26, just as the leaders of Japan, South Korea and the United States were sitting down to discuss containing the North Korean nuclear threat.

    That first firing in four years of mid-range missiles that can hit Japan followed a series of short-range rocket launches over the past two months. The Rodong ballistic missiles fell into the sea after flying 650 km (400 miles), short of a maximum range thought to be some 1,300 km, Japan said.

    Since then, North Korea has rattled sabres by firing artillery rounds into South Korean waters, prompting the South to fire back; South Korea has test-fired a new ballistic missile with a range of 500 km; and Pyongyang has threatened an unspecified "new form" of nuclear test.

    At the same time, Japan and North Korea resumed talks - suspended since Pyongyang test-launched a long-range missile more than a year ago - over the North's nuclear and missile programs, as well as the fate of Japanese abducted in the 1970s and 1980s to help train North Korean spies.

    Onodera has avoided publicly announcing the new missile-intercept order so as not to put a chill on those talks, Japanese media said.

    He also did not deploy Patriot missile batteries that would be the last line of Defense against incoming warheads, the source told Reuters.

    Japanese Aegis destroyers in the Sea of Japan are equipped with advanced radar equipment able to track multiple targets and carry missiles designed to take out targets at the edge of space.

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    Re: Japan to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    So if North Korea attacks Japan, we will have to go to war with North Korea.

    Japan to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat | Reuters
    Well... Yea.... But it wont happen. DPRK isnt that idiotic.


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    Re: Japan to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Well... Yea.... But it wont happen. DPRK isnt that idiotic.
    Yes, you are right. But still, we are supposed to, and we are obligated to the defense of too many countries, in my opinion.

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    Re: Japan to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Yes, you are right. But still, we are supposed to, and we are obligated to the defense of too many countries, in my opinion.
    I might agree if that was realistic and based on the circumstances. But the point is this is just typical saber rattling from the hermit kingdom.


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    Re: Japan to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    I might agree if that was realistic and based on the circumstances. But the point is this is just typical saber rattling from the hermit kingdom.
    I think that saber rattling has become rather interesting now that North Korea has nuclear weapons, especially since we are committed to the defense of Japan and have troops in South Korea.

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    Re: Japan to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Well... Yea.... But it wont happen. DPRK isnt that idiotic.
    If the probability is based on Jung's level of idiocy, then I would say it's highly likely.

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    Re: Japan to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    I think that saber rattling has become rather interesting now that North Korea has nuclear weapons, especially since we are committed to the defense of Japan and have troops in South Korea.
    Not to mention China and Japan are already cross threaded.
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    Re: Japan to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Not to mention China and Japan are already cross threaded.
    Indeed. I work with this Chinese guy who wasn't even alive during WWII and I was amazed at the level of hostility he feels towards Japan.

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    Re: Japan to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Well... Yea.... But it wont happen. DPRK isnt that idiotic.
    And even if they were, it's not our job to defend Japan, they ought to state that if DPRK fires any missile at Japan, Japan will not only shoot it down but they will fire a more powerful missile back, targeting a political target, especially Kim Jong-un's residences and offices, wherever current intelligence indicates that he is. Repeat as long as DPRK remains suicidal.
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    Re: Japan to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Indeed. I work with this Chinese guy who wasn't even alive during WWII and I was amazed at the level of hostility he feels towards Japan.
    The orientals have hated each other for thousands of years. This isn't anything new.
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