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North Korea Launches Another Missile Over Japan

North Korea Launches Another Missile Over Japan

“Japan is no longer needed to exist near us.”

South Korea’s government reported that North Korea fired another missile over Japan from Sunan, which is located just north of Pyongyang, at 6:30AM local time. From CNN:

The missile flew about 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) and reached an altitude of 770 kilometers (480) miles. It landed in the Pacific Ocean, South Korea said.

The US Pacific Command said its initial assessment indicated that North Korea had fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile. There were conflicting reports from Japan on the type of missile fired, though the government stressed that analysis was ongoing.

In response to North Korea’s launch, South Korea carried out a “live fire drill” that included a missile launch which the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said was capable of striking the Sunan airport launch site near Pyongyang used for today’s launch.

The missile stayed in the air for 17 minutes and went over Hokkaido, which is Japan’s northernmost island. It landed 1200 miles east into the Pacific Ocean. From The Washington Post:

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, condemned the latest launch and reiterated that Japan would “not tolerate” North Korea’s actions. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had asked his government to “prepare for any contingency,” but Japan did not try to shoot down the missile.

In Washington, the White House said President Trump was briefed on the latest North Korean missile launch by his chief of staff, John F. Kelly.

On Thursday, a North Korean state agency had issued an alarming threat to Japan. “The four islands of the [Japanese] archipelago should be sunken into the sea by [our] nuclear bomb,” the Korea ­Asia-Pacific Peace Committee said in a statement carried by the official news agency.

The committee also said that “Japan is no longer needed to exist near us.”

North Korea launched a missile over Japan in the same area back on August 28. That missile broke into three pieces before it fell into the ocean. A few days after that, the hermit kingdom tested a nuclear bomb. From Fox News:

. . . . The test was estimated to have a yield of 100 kilotons, meaning a blast that was four to five times more powerful than the explosion in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945, a South Korean defense official told the country’s Yonhap News Agency.

. . . . Just hours before Sunday’s test, photos emerged showing the North Korean dictator inspecting a new thermonuclear warhead in a lab. This would be North Korea’s sixth nuclear test and first since September 2016.


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Fatty’s something of a one-trick pony. One can’t ratchet up the ante by showing off the same card tricks over and over. What’s he demonstrating? That he has missiles which don’t go far enough to even annoy the people who can really hurt him, and seems to have nukes which can’t be put on those missiles anyway. The increasingly ridiculous threats have moved from the implausible to the hilarious. “Sink” Japan. Right. Maybe it sounds better in Korean. But in English it doesn’t make him sound like a global menace; more like a trailer for another movie about killer clowns.

You’d expect Japan but particularly South Korea to start getting real US friendly right about now.

Too bad Japan can’t return the favor by launching a missile over North Korea into the Yellow Sea.

Or can they?


    4th armored div in reply to navyvet. | September 15, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Gob, Japan has a self imposed anti Nuc policy, with the understanding that swabbies will have their back.
    The japanese are a very talented people and if they decide that
    they can no longer depend on the US to protect them, they can ramp up their own Nuc program and return to their militaristic history.
    it is in no ones interest for japan to become that kind of world power. i think that the chinese have a genie in a bottle that has learned to pop their own cork, same foes for pootypoot (who has a 10% muslim population to also worry about).

    we are long overdue for a world war and this may be the ‘some fool thing’ which starts a nuc war – don’t forget about india-paki. iran-israel.
    we are living in a pressure cookers and the left is worried about trans gen toilets (in which someone needs to stick their heads in and flush)
    Thank G-D Trump is POTUS and not some pansy who is worried about global warming/cooling/farting.

      I just re-read my original post. Didn’t see the word “nuclear” in there anywhere.

      As far as the Navy having Japan’s back, 7th fleet’s navigation skills as of late don’t offer much comfort.

This means Japan is under missile attack. Would the same stand off attitude hold if Kim sends a missile over Hawaii in the next year or so?

    4th armored div in reply to Whitewall. | September 15, 2017 at 10:18 am

    forget about replying to NORK capital shit hole and give 1 hour warning to Beijing for allowing their dragon off the leash…..

As much as my old Marine training tells me what is needed I have to back off and think seriously about the solution. There is only one. We have to FORCE China, through world wide non-trade with China, to stop EVERYTHING going into and out of NK. A military option is simply not defendable. The death toll would be in the MILLIONS! But we also cannot wait until this lunatic goes too far. China’s entire economy is built on exports. If we and the world’s other free nations stop buying/selling to China then they will finally get the message.

Provide nukes to Taiwan… see how the Panda likes it.

I eagerly await President Trump’s announcement establishing a “North Korea Ballistic Missile No-Fly Zone”, backed up by a multinational, defense-in-depth ring of PAC-3, THAAD & Naval/Shore based Aegis ABM systems in AK, Japan, S Korea, HI, Guam, Taiwan, Philippines & Australia.

China’s entire economy is built on exports.

And a huge chunk of ours is dependent on Chinese imports. It’s not terribly obvious, because it’s all stuff which could have been made anywhere. But it’s made in China nonetheless. Telephone extension cables, hydraulic valves, BB guns, shoes, coffee makers, tires, pens, paper, stove bolts, saxophones, wristwatches, computer chips, spark plugs, copier toner … all Chinese, and all almost exclusively Chinese—there’s no alternate supply line ready to leap into the breach if all of China is embargoed.

The current geopolitical situation is why I’ve always thought this sort of single-sourcing was a bad idea. But it’s not due to some faulty master plan; it’s thousands of American purchasing agents at thousands of companies looking for the best product at the lowest cost. And they’ve tried other countries; India, Mexico, Haiti, Poland, Hungary, Viet Nam, Indonesia, all of them with more than their fair share of factories churning out hardware for the American market. But they’re all dwarfed by China.

Time for Team America to go in there kill Kim and rescue Auuuric Balwrin ” I’m so ronry , I’m so ronry “

Hey, when did Hank Johnson move to North Korea? Nobody tells me these things.