Date: 04-01-12 21:58
Naoki Tanaka, Japanese Defense Minister, officially order the Self Defense Forces Friday to shoot down any part of the rocket that the Domestic (sic) People's Republic of Korea plans to launch next month that enters its territory.
On Friday morning, a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda approved the order.
Naoki Tanaka said that the rocket would possibly fly over areas in Okinawa and Sakishima Islands, once it deflected from its trajectory it would threaten Tokyo.
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The North agreed to suspend operations at its Yongbyon uranium enrichment plant, and impose a moratorium on long-range missile tests and nuclear tests, in return for 240,000 tonnes of food aid.
Washington said last week it is suspending plans to start food deliveries since it can no longer trust the North to stick to arrangements on monitoring distribution.
UN UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTING RESOLUTION 1695 (2006)
Demands Suspension of All Related Ballistic Missile Activity;
Urges Country to Return Immediately to Six-Party Talks Without Precondition
The United Nations Security Council today condemned the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s recent test-firing of a series of missiles, and demanded that the North-East Asian country suspend all ballistic missile related activity and reinstate its moratorium on missile launches.
Japan should shut up and let N. Korea test its satellite launch
It seems the Japanese are prepared to shoot down the N. Korean rocket if it should fly over any part of Japanese territories. I'm not sure if this is legal. Satellites of many nations fly over other countries all the time. I doubt very much if that is a legal reason to shoot them down. Put it in anothe way, if an American spy satellite fly over China can it legally be shot down by the Chinese? If it can legally be shot down then I'd like to see the legal basis for that.
I also don't know if the rocket or satellite will fly over Okinawa which is directly to the south of Korea. I'd expect the rocket to fly to the east across Japan mainland itself. The first stage of the rocket will probably fall into the Japan Sea. If the Japanese want to hit the first stage of the rocket if it falls onto the mainland Japan then I guess it is within its right to hit any kind of vehicle that falls onto its sovereign land territories. But the Japanese should not even try to hit any falling parts of the Korean rocket if it only falls harmlessly into the sea. Also the Japanese better be very sure that it is not hitting the Korean rocket itself if it didn't in any way threaten Japan. I think it is just too far-fetched to think that the N. Koreans are planning a sneak nuclear attack on Japan by camoflaging it as a satellite launch.
The US can legally withold its shipment of food to N. Korea since the agreement is between itself and N. Korea and it can do whatever it wants. But I don't think there is any reason for the UN or any individual or cliques of nations to prohibit N. Korea from testing a peaceful launch of satellite even if it has dual use capability of testing the technologies for a missile launch. UN Resolution 1695 "demanded suspension of all related ballistic missile activity." But technically a rocket launch for satellites is not a missile test. Therefore, the UN Resolution 1695 does not apply here. And Japan is being excessively arrogant to threaten the shoot down the N. Korean rocket. Is the N. Korean rocket a threat to Japan? Only if Japan feels a gain in the N. Korean military capability is a threat is a threat to itself. But any gain in Japanese military is also a threat to N. Korea since Japan is obviously very openly hostile to N. Korea. Furthermore, Japan had slaughtered many Koreans during hundreds of years of colonization. N. Korea had never a single soldier on Japanese soil or killed a single Japanese. The N. Koreans have valid historical reasons to feel threatened by Japan. Japan on the other hand does not have any reason to feel threatened by N. Korea unless they think N. Korea might retaliate against them for their historical wrongs. My best advice to the Japanese is to shut up and just watch what is doing to happen. Unless and until the N. Korean rocket actually falls on inhabited land areas of Japan there is no reason for the Japanese to talk so belligerently about shooting down the peaceful rocket of a sovereign country. In this the Japanese are the aggressors and the N. Koreans are perfectly right to warn the Japanese of righteous retaliations if they interfered in the peaceful launch of its rocket.Liang