March 30th, 2012
01:09 AM ET

Japan says it will shoot down N. Korea rocket over territory

Japan will shoot down any part of the long-range rocket that North Korea plans to launch next month that enters its territory, the Japanese defense minister, Naoki Tanaka, said Friday.

Speaking at a news conference, Tanaka said he had issued the official order after instructing the Japanese military earlier in the week to prepare the country's missile defense shield against the planned rocket launch.

North Korea announced earlier this month that it would launch a rocket carrying a satellite between April 12 and 16 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the founder of the Communist state.

Pyongyang says the operation is for "peaceful purposes," but Japan, the United States and South Korea see the launch as a cover for a long-range ballistic missile test.

Firing the long-range rocket would breach U.N. Security Council resolutions, and Washington has suspended a recent deal to provide food aid to North Korea as a result.


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  1. Superman

    Oh well N Korea, what goes up, must come down

    March 30, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Superman

    Watch it get up in the air and then deflate like a balloon, LOL! That will teach them, as long as no one gets hurt

    March 30, 2012 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    What does a UN Mandate cost the US Taxpayer? If a favorable vote by Mexico on a US need allows Mexican steel to be unquotad and US Steel is only firm who can sell it and declare it as domertic does that cause other steel firms to go out of buisness ldying men off? UN is not any diffrent than our Congress just easier to buy!

    March 30, 2012 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    Hmmmm, is not a nation whose people react w/out cause! Neither is the US! NK are constantly flexing their muscle! It's good defense policy to be aware & alert!!

    March 30, 2012 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    North Korean leaders remind me of little pre-kindergarten girls who dress up as paper-crown Queens of England and convince themselves that each little girl in the playhouse has magically become the real Sovereign.
    Imagine the children's surprise if they got someone to drive them to Windsor Castle in a big Daimler and announced at the door that the Queens had come to tea.

    March 30, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT (( 1/2 5th level magic-using kender ,1/4 illusionist ,1/4 warrior ))

    the ja-pan-ese are gonna get some after-noon delight...

    March 30, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    lmfao @ ruffnutt, cute.

    March 30, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT (( 1/2 5th level magic-using kender ,1/4 illusionist ,1/4 warrior ))

    WE SHOULDn't have anything to worry about... korean rockets are way smaller compared to our american rockets..
    korean rockets are short and stubby but real fast and quick...
    american rockets are alot bigger and wider and can make it all the way into space...
    the korean rockets can bearly get past the outter edge of where they need to go...
    no if korea got alhold of some african rockets and mixed that rocket tech with theirs,,, they might be able to have a rocket compareable to ours.....

    March 30, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. ElectricLion

    Considering how many of ours blew up on the pad or shortly after launch when we first started trying to put stuff in orbit, I wonder how concerned we truly need to be. Both the USA and the USSR proved that it never goes right on the first (or twentieth) try.

    March 30, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT (( 1/2 5th level magic-using kender ,1/4 illusionist ,1/4 warrior ))

    i wish we could build a space elevator... now that would be neat...

    March 30, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. leeintulsa

    @ruffnutt: i saw a program on some educational channel that was talking about that very thing. space stations tethered to earth, and 'elevators' that slid up and down the tether. they are working on it right now.

    March 30, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. RUFFNUTT (( 1/2 5th level magic-using kender ,1/4 illusionist ,1/4 warrior ))

    a space elevater would pay for itself.. and the centrifical force of the earth rotationg would keep it in the air...
    just thing of all the problems you could solve..
    you could run a real long air hose up there and pipe the ozone back up into the ozone layer..
    you could drive the garbage trucks up there and dump the garbage out and the garbage would burn up upon reentry into earths atmoshpere..
    you could take all the toxic waste and launch it into the sun...
    space travel would be made alot easier...

    March 30, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT (( 1/2 5th level magic-using kender ,1/4 illusionist ,1/4 warrior ))

    i would try and make the water go back up into the upper atmosephere... if we got the water shield back... we could all live to 1000years old like in the bible..

    March 30, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @ruffnutt: lol. no way i'd wanna live *that* long

      March 30, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar The Chorizo Chimp Of Chihuahua

    The rocket is made out of plastic. It will melt before lift off.

    March 30, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sofa King

    J-pan will shoot down a North Korean rocket? How can they tell? All the rockets look alike in that part of the world.

    March 30, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      *Groan* 🙂

      March 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
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