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North Korea Fires Four Ballistic Missiles Into Sea of Japan

North Korea Fires Four Ballistic Missiles Into Sea of Japan

One landed really close to the coast of Japan.

North Korea continues to defy the world. This time, the communist country fired four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan as a way to show the world it will continue its missile program despite sanctions and threats.

Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada stated that the missles “landed in waters as close as 300 km (190 miles) to Japan’s northwest coast.”

One Japanese spokesman explained that three of the missiles “landed inside Japan’s Exclusive economic Zone, an area extending about 230 miles out to sea from its coastline.”

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the test in parliament, saying that North Korea’s “launches are clearly in violation of (UN) Security Council resolutions” and are “an extremely dangerous action.”

South Korea also lashed out at the launches with acting president Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn calling for a “meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Security Council.”

South Korea’s military has a few conflicting reports. One says that the launches “unlikely” included intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). Those missiles could potentially reach the U.S.

But an unnamed South Korean defense military official told Yonhap News agency that the launches “may have included an intercontinental ballistic missile.” From The Wall Street Journal:

If so, the launch would signal dramatic progress by the North toward being able to threaten the continental U.S. It would also likely ratchet up tensions between North Korea, its neighbors, and the U.S.

“The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America,” said Cmdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman.

In his New Year address in January, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un warned that the country was completing preparations for a test launch of an ICBM.

North Korea warned “strong retaliatory measures” when South Korea and the U.S. militaries “began annual joint military drills on Wednesday that test their defensive readiness against possible aggression from the North.” From Reuters:

North Korea criticizes the annual drills, calling them preparation for war. It has previously conducted missiles launches timed to the joint military exercises.

Last year, North Korea fired a long-range rocket from Tongchang-ri that put an object into orbit. The launch was condemned by the United Nations for violating resolutions that ban the use of ballistic missile technology.

North Korea test fired a new type of missile into the sea early last month, and has said it will continue to launch new strategic weapons.

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Comments

Xenomethean | March 6, 2017 at 9:42 am

At some point the even the Chinese will finally decide to take major action on North Korea.

On the plus side, Godzilla has been prevented from emerging from the ocean to wreak havoc on the Japanese islands for yet another year. Yea Korea! Take that, you big lizard!
/snark

Close The Fed | March 6, 2017 at 11:50 am

I would like to see the U.S.A. use its missile defense capabilities to down the next firing from North Korea. We need to see this thing actually work, because N.K. is, unlike the meme against Trump, actually unstable.

N.K.’s leader has a death wish; we should enable it.

    Tom Servo in reply to Close The Fed. | March 6, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I don’t believe the Norks have mastered targeting, and that these things pretty much fall wherever they fall; however, I also think that means that in trying to get close to the Japanese mainland, the Norks are pretty likely to hit it soon. When that happens, no one will care if it was by accident or not.

      Arminius in reply to Tom Servo. | March 6, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      Not to mention there’s a lot of shipping traffic in the area, particularly fishing boats. I’ve sailed in parts of the SoJ where there were so many boats fishing for squid around us, using extremely bright lights to entice the squid closer to the surface, that it looked like we were in the middle of a giant sports stadium at a night ball game.

      If the NORKs keep lobbing missiles into Japan’s EEZ I can see all sorts of scenarios where they injure or kill someone even without hitting Japan proper. The JMSDF has a pretty good ABM capability itself with its Kongo and Atago class aegis destroyers but I think joint patrols would send a stronger statement. Besides, as I recall when I was stationed in Japan, they don’t practice this as much as we do.

      I think we should just shoot down the missiles before they leave NORK territorial waters. So that fat (blank) Kim Jong Un can see it happen with his own eyes.

Close The Fed | March 6, 2017 at 11:52 am

If our capability works, great, N.K. is forewarned. If it doesn’t, it means Trump needs to pour more money into it NOW.

Close The Fed | March 6, 2017 at 11:55 am

Matter o fact, if we think this out, if we use our missile defense to down N.K.’s next launch, China’s reaction would hopefully be based in real politick, knowing the rest of the world can’t wait for N.K,’s missiles to land on people, and they would hopefully restrict themselves on complaining about it.

buckeyeminuteman | March 7, 2017 at 1:03 pm

UN: “Yeah, but Israel is like totally building houses where they shouldn’t. They are the ones we will continue to be spending all of our breath on.”

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