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Old 03-22-2009, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default Present North Korea event predicted last year, leading to war

Video of prediction last year. Check the details with respect to the reporters involved.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvHeN...layer_embedded


Here's a separate news item on the event, reporters involved:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7951982.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7956488.stm
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:02 PM   #2
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Here's the followup:

http://www.kuwaittimes.net/read_news...EyMjY5NTY0MA==

Japan to ready defence against N Korea rocket
Published Date: March 19, 2009

SEOUL: Japan will clear the way for the deployment of ballistic missile interceptors as it prepares for the possibility a North Korean rocket could fall toward its territory, Kyodo news agency reported yesterday. North Korea has said it intends to launch a satellite between April 4 and 8, presenting a challenge to US President Barack Obama and allies in Asia who see the plan as a disguised long-range missile test.

The plan has alarmed the region and prompted some airlines to say they will alter flight routes during the test period. The reclusive state stunned Tokyo with the launch of a rocket in 1998 that flew over Japan before dropping into the Pacific Ocean.

Japanese law allows the shooting down of dangerous objects falling toward the country, excluding aircraft. The cabinet plans to approve preparatory steps to destroy the rocket if it falls onto Japanese territory, Kyodo said, citing government sources.

South Korea's defence minister said there was a possibility the North would use the intense attention being focused on the missile launch to mount a limited attack across the border to further escalate tension on the Korean peninsula.
The attack could be a naval, air or land strike anywhere along the armed border that divides the Korean peninsula, Defence Minister Lee Sang-hee told parliament in Seoul.

North Korea has said it is putting a communications satellite into orbit, and has the right to do so under its space programme. It has said the first stage of the rocket would splash down in the Sea of Japan, while the second would land in the Pacific. Japanese cabinet approval, which may come by the end of March, would clear the way for the deployment of ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors, Kyodo said.

Cabinet approval is required in Japan, where military activity is strictly limited under its pacifist constitution. A defence ministry spokesman declined to comment. Japan is also considering deploying two high-tech Aegis-equipped destroyers carrying Standard Missile-3 ballistic missile interceptors, Kyodo added.

The United States, South Korea and Japan have said they see no difference between a satellite launch and a missile test because they use the same rocket, the North's Taepodong-2 with a range that could take it to Alaska. The North's biggest neighbour and benefactor, China, however, has avoided directly criticising Pyongyang's rocket launch plan, instead making general calls for greater regional goodwill.

In Beijing, North Korea's visiting Premier Kim Yong-il met Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who praised the "friendship" between their countries. Initial reports of their meeting from the official Xinhua news agency did not mention the rocket issue. The only time the North tested the Taepodong-2 in 2006, it blew apart a few seconds after being fired. Analysts said the North appears to have made technological advances to fix flight problems and is confident of a successful launch.

But analysts do not expect the United States to intercept the rocket because the launch poses no major security threat while destroying it would infuriate Pyongyang. The North has said it would consider any interception an act of war. Tensions have also festered between North and South Korea over a joint factory park in the North, which has blocked entry to the facility in recent days.
South Korea warned it would respond with decisive action if Pyongyang again blocked access to the factory, but said it was too early to consider shutting the project.

In the past week, the North has blocked movement across the heavily defended border to an industrial park run by South Korean firms in the city of Kaesong out of anger over joint military drills by South Korean and US troops. "If the North repeats the border traffic suspension after the end of the drills, the government will consider it a very grave situation and will take appropriate measures," Unification Minister Hyun In-taek said in Seoul without elaborating.

The four-day blockade, which was lifted on Tuesday, stranded more than 400 South Korean managers in the Kaesong industrial park and nearly dried up supplies and materials for factories there, casting doubt on the prospects for a project that had been a lucrative source of income for the cash-strapped North. North Korean anger against the government in Seoul, which ended a decade of no-questions-asked aid to the North a year ago, intensified last week when South Korea and the United States began annual mili
tary drills scheduled to end on Friday.

North Korea has also rejected future food aid from the United States, the State Department said on Tuesday. It said the North had informed Washington in the past few days of the decision not to accept more US assistance, which would have amounted to about 330,000 tonnes before the end of May. No reason was given for the North's decision. - Reuters
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:09 PM   #3
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March 27 (Bloomberg) -- The Japanese government has decided to issue an order to shoot down a missile if fired by North Korea, public broadcaster NHK reported today.

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Old 03-27-2009, 09:58 PM   #4
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Here's a more detailed report:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/93ee9180-1...nclick_check=1



Japan prepares interception missiles
TOKYO, March 27 – Japan on Friday ordered its military to prepare to intercept any dangerous debris that might fall on its territory if a missile launch planned by Pyongyang goes wrong.

Pyongyang has said that between April 4-8 it will launch a satellite, but regional powers believe the real purpose is to test its longest-range missile, the Taepodong-2. It has already positioned what is believed to be the missile on a launch pad.

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Japan national anthem dispute deepens - Mar-26N Korea missile on launch pad - Mar-26”I have issued an order ... to prepare to destroy any object that might fall on Japan as a result of an accident involving a flying object from North Korea,” Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada told reporters after a meeting of Japan’s Security Council.

North Korea this week put a long-range missile in place for the launch, which the United States has warned would violate UN sanctions imposed on Pyongyang for past weapons tests.

Top nuclear envoys from Japan, South Korea and the United States were to meet in Washington on Friday in a signal of growing concern over the possible launch, the first big test for US President Barack Obama in dealing with the prickly North.

Japan’s pacifist constitution does not allow it to intercept a missile if it is clearly heading elsewhere, but Tokyo would try to shoot down a missile aimed at Japanese territory and might try to intercept any debris that falls toward Japan.

Japan is expected to move ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors to northern Japan, which lies under the rocket’s trajectory, and deploy two Aegis-equipped destroyers with Standard Missile-3 interceptors off Japan’s coast.

North Korea has given international agencies notice of the rocket’s planned trajectory that would take it over Japan, dropping booster stages to its east and west.

The US military has said it could with ”high probability” intercept any North Korean missile heading for US territory, if ordered to do so. Pyongyang says any attempt to shoot down the rocket would be an act of war.

Japan has interceptors theoretically capable of shooting down a missile aimed at its territory, but analysts are divided on whether it can intercept free-falling debris that may fall toward Japan.

South Korea said the launch would be a serious challenge to security in north Asia, which accounts for one sixth of the global economy. Japan urged North Korea to refrain from action that would destablise the region.

The planned launch and growing tension on the Korean peninsula are beginning to worry financial markets in the South, although so far there has been only minor impact.

”If they really fire something, it would definitely shake the financial markets, but only briefly, as has been the case in many previous cases of provocation and clashes,” said Jung Sung-min, a fixed-income analyst at Eugene Futures.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during a visit to Mexico earlier this week, said the launch would deal a blow to six-party talks to end Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.

Those talks sputtered to a halt in December over disagreement on how to check the North was disabling its nuclear facilities.

North Korea warned that any action by the UN Security Council to punish it would be a ”hostile act”.

North Korea faces a range of UN sanctions and many analysts doubt new ones would get past China – the nearest Pyongyang has to a powerful ally – in the Security Council.

China, sticking to its low-key approach, said it hoped all ”relevant parties will remain restrained and calm”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also cautioned the international community against making rash decisions.

”Do not try to make evaluations before events have occurred,” he said in Moscow, while noting UN Security Council resolutions should be adhered to.

A successful launch would be a huge boost at home to leader Kim Jong-il, whose illness last year – widely thought to have been a stroke – has raised questions over his grip on power.
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