Skip to comments.Japan Defense Minister Officially Authorizes SDF Forces Shoot Down N. Korean Missile (Breaking)
Posted on 04/07/2013 6:59:27 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo
Japan's Defense Minister issued the official military order within the hour or so. It has been stated in news commentary that the North's Musudan intermediate ballistic missile which is an extreme threat to Japan and had been suddenly moved to North Korea's east coast just two days ago for possible launch without warning, without any kind of statement to international space or aviation bodies for a "test launch" of a missile, means that North Korea could launch a sneak missile launch without any warning to the world. So Japan's Defense Minister ordered Japan Self Defense Forces (SDF) into readiness with PAC-3 anti missile batteries to be activated along Japan's West Coast facing North Korea in the event any missile or portions of missile head toward Japanese territory. It will be shot down if a) called for and b) possible. Link to Japanese story. (They are not going to sit around and wait until a surprise launch on Wednesday next week aimed in the area of Japan).
Apparently, Russians are worry about this prospect.
I think we will be in a position to shoot it down if necessary and give Japan credit for it. No matter who’s missile hits.
I can’t help but think that all this chest-thumping by N. Korea is covering something bigger. I don’t trust China.
I wish them good hunting.
At least one Country is willing to shoot it down. Our Country should have set up and told Fat Boy if you fire one we will shoot it down and let Fat Boy think that one over.
I can see that is a feasible course of action, if they choose to go after NK missiles.
They issued such commands in advance of the Taepodong (Unha 2) launch and other provocations in the last year and a year or two ago (the “shoot down authorization”). They are just excelerating their announcement of it, and their preparations, it seems, and taking no chances. It is extremely academic if they can hit one, but they very well may be able to get a modified scud or Nodong on Musudan and bring it down either over the Sea between DPRK and Korea, or somewhere over Japanese land, hopefully not near a populated area. To do so I would say they would be very lucky. However, perhaps the threat alone and the issuing of it tonight on national TV if anything ups the ante and is good, I would like to see the Fat One think twice about aiming it at Japan with the prospect it could end up as good scrap metal in mid air. But it would take some mighty savvy shooting by the Japanese (or has been pointed out, US could get from an AEGIS ship perhaps and then give Japan the credit), or nobody would talk about it and of course DPRK’s telemetry would tell them our side got one of theirs in mid air and they will from now on be challenged and not allowed to send these over Japanese territory like they have done one 2 occasions now with inpunity.
Wouldn’t it be convenient for China, in the midst of a territorial dispute with Japan, if the NORKS provoked them into a war........
This is the end. Nobody’s backing down. The kid is weak, has a weak hand and I’d imagine China is negotiating furiously for an alternative that allows it to save face.
Missile Defense is the last line of defense. I think the Korean missiles should be taken out. We aren’t talking about some Iraqi scud missile. They have threatened to use nukes. Don’t give them the chance.
It would not be an unprovoked attack since North Korea has already announced to the world they will attack the US, Japan, and South Korea. Other actions they have taken suggest an attack is possible within days.
God Bless Japan.
*** damn North Korea.
Good news bump..maybe this action by Japan will stiffen the spines of Pres. Obama and his team.
I wish Japan were allowed to man up and build up their defense and a Nuclear arsenal, that should put the scare into North Korea, China, and Russia... a strong Japan.
“Of course US assets in the region are now heavily involved in this as well, AEGIS is being stationed, and other aspects are escalating.”
If this escalates obozo won’t be able to pull a Benghazi dissappearing act.
Are you all keeping your eye on the wrong ball?
Are you forgeting the methods Obungles uses?
What is the other hand doing?
I feel we owe Japan anything they need after the horrible plant accident, as a friend. An opportunity to help and shut Fat Boy up forever, but it sickens me zero would be POSHITUS
while we’re doing it.
That even made The Doctor and Rose LOL!
“Good news bump..maybe this action by Japan will stiffen the spines of Pres. Obama and his team.”
Don’t hold your breath.
Per some recent threads, NK has warned Russia and UK to get their people out by April 10.
Some post that April 15 is Little Tyrant’s birthday.
On FoxNews Sunday, Chris Wallace said that Little Tyrant seems more interested in emulating his Grandfather than his Father. His Grandfather was the one who invaded SK.
The latter part of this week could be very interesting.
What is the sentiment in Japan vis a vis going nuclear?
My understanding, if they do, could have a deliverable (all platforms) warhead in 6 months. True?
Somebody has to step up, Lord knows our Prezzy won’t.
Somebody has to step up, Lord knows our Prezzy wont.
Maybe that’s why Hillary’s gone.
“Bully!” I believe that I&W would be enough to launch in order to defend our allies. No missile system can launch without certain I&W. Once Japan’s sensors or ours that we pass to them, receive power up indicators, RF links being established, etc., we should have the authority to launch a strike to prohibit the NORKs from getting off the launchpad or mobile TEL.
Are you assuming the Kenyan will not back down?
I am about 60% sure it was so China and Russia could test our missile defense response. Did you see the article a couple of days ago where Russian bombers are making test runs against our missile defense sites and ships?
If Japan ever goes nuclear... WATCH OUT.
My father used to tell me horror stories of a military Japan and how cruel they were to their enemies.
BTW, The Koreans (both North and South) and the Chinese have not forgotten their cruelty either.
It would be terribly INconvenient for China if the NORKS provoked Japan into declaring "We are now a nuclear power too".
“....maybe this action by Japan will stiffen the spines of Pres. Obama and his team....”
Naaaa....not even with all the steel we send them. Remember, you can’t polish a turd.
I keep thinking how hilarious it would be if the NKors launched a missile towards Japan, that suddenly veered North to Vladivostok. I imagine that Putin would turn several different colors of ticked off.
Japan is not a nuclear power only because they choose not to be. I believe they have the information and the technical capability to create nuclear weapons. If the NKs launch a nuke figure Japan will probably successfully intercept it, a couple of months later several NK military installations disappear from aircraft delivered weapons.
Dear Tiny Kim,
Japan is one sleeping giant you do NOT want to awaken. If you launch a missile at them, they WILL demand to become a nuclear power, and I don’t think anyone could mount a logical argument to stop them. Some of us would stand on the sidelines and applaud them.
Which is a whole lot more than you can say about Japan's Ally, the United States of America.
Obama has been caught with his pants down, and he uis conducting a campaihn about supporting Japan, but nothing is really being done on the ground other than moving a few resources around.
All BS, this just means if they fire it at Japan. We should be destroying all NK missile launches.
Will our fearless leader back Japan or will he bow down to the communists like he did to the middle-eastern-death-cult leaders?
Missile Defense, Then and Now
Readers of a certain age will recall the battles over missile defense that raged during the Reagan administration. Virtually all Democrats opposed all forms of missile defense, deeming the concept not only unfeasiblelike hitting a bullet with a bullet, as though that were impossiblebut destabilizing as well. John Kerrys denunciations of missile defense were typical: a dream based on illusion, but one which could have real and terrible consequences, As recently as 2008, Barack Obama said that he didnt agree with a missile defense system and promised to slash funding for development of such systems. He did, too.
I tend to agree..Many are now concerned that there has been so many threats coming out of NK for almost a month now, how could he ever back down without becoming the brunt of the world’s jokes?
Others believe NK has built up more armaments than has been revealed and NK is becoming overly confident.
My bet is this becomes war soon, or later, but it’s going to happen.