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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on April 8th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

US Military Will Not Intercept North Korean Missile If It Flies Over Japan

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At least that is what this Stars & Stripes report says:

Amid concerns that North Korea could be preparing to launch on if its new missiles, Pentagon officials told the New York Times that it could calculate the missile’s trajectory within seconds and attempt to to shoot it down if threatened South Korea, Japan or Guam, an American territory. However, if the missile was headed for the open sea, even if flew over Japan in the process, military action would not be taken, the Times reported. [Stars & Stripes]

I had been wondering what the response would be if a missile was fired over Japan because if you look at the geography the Musudan would have to fly over either Japan or Korea to test its maximum range. It appears the Pentagon has given the North Koreans the green light to fire over Japan. I wonder if the Japanese are on the same page with this?

I would not be surprised if the North Korean if they do in fact fire a missile over Japan than claim that their missile technology is so advanced that they defeated US and Japanese missile defense systems.

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    5:08 pm on April 8th, 2013 1

    Good analysis on that last bit. This could be a “way out” for the N. Koreans’ as they have to do something.

  • Onezime
    5:26 pm on April 8th, 2013 2

    “I would not be surprised if the North Korean if they do in fact fire a missile over Japan than claim that their missile technology is so advanced that they defeated US and Japanese missile defense systems.”

    Yup. Fact is, by test firing that as-of-yet untested missile they are giving away its flight pattern, which is crucial info if one wants to shoot it down.

  • jim
    6:05 pm on April 8th, 2013 3

    to shoot at guam, they’d have to fire almost directly over south korea and japan. to shoot at the states, they’d be firing to the northeast.

  • Ole Tanker
    6:41 pm on April 8th, 2013 4

    Just think!

    If they fired at Guam! Game over!
    Just like a drunk guy swinging at a TSA agent in LAX.
    The North would be bombed into oblivian.
    China could pick up the pieces/headaches.

    It will just be a shot over Japan:)

  • Bobby Ray
    7:46 pm on April 8th, 2013 5

    Them Japanese gave themselves permission to shoot down any missile that goes over their islands. I figure they just might do it . The way I see this is we gots ourselves one great big setup and everybody is in on it.

    First them south Koreans get real quiet like they ain’t got no dog in the fight. America backs down on every front and says they don’t care bout nothing all of a sudden. Its kind of like when they told that Saddam fellow no problem go head and do whatever you fancy over there in that Kuwait, son. So them north Koreans figure they got themselves free reign and they fire their missile over Japan to show their own people and the world whatever it is they figure they need to show. Then Japan gets to test their missile defense in a real live fire situation with north Korea picking up half the tab for the whole exercise. America gets another bullet point to show why education and bridge repair and healthcare for old people need them sequester cuts instead of defense spending and homeland security grants. South Korea keeps on whistling past the graveyard.

    Oh and then the sparks fly something fierce. All that there bellicose talking against south Korea goes away and tensions on the peninsula drop to about nothing cause Japan starts taking the heat. Heck south Korea might make a big show of siding with the north in condemnation of Japan. Them japs don’t care cause they can take a little heat on the deal. They is out of range of north Korean artillery and there is a big ocean between them and the worst north Korea can do is kidnap a few more schoolgirls or something. Then them jap politicians go and use the big ruckus to move attention off their floundering economy and their floundering ways of trying to fix it cause people forget their bad situations right quick when they get talked into thinking they is gonna get their behind kicked by the next big enemy. Specially when that enemy got missiles and nukes. North Korea ain’t going to attack no Japan but voter ain’t always real up to date in their geopolitical learning if you know what I mean and they is real easily led with crisis.

    Course north Korea declares their missile test a success no matter what happens. If Japan misses somehow they will be breaking out the soju and celebrating their superior stealth technology. it will be a national holliday. If Japan hits, they declare victory as their missile done successfully intercepted hostile Japanese aggression before it could get close to north Korea territory.

    Heck them north Koreans might have been in on this deal the whole time. I wouldn’t put it past some groups of world leaders who is generally enemies sitting down and negotiating stuff like this out beforehand to make sure everybody can use the situation to maximum effect on their own people without interrupting the general balance of the world.

  • Denny
    8:36 pm on April 8th, 2013 6

    China Helped North Korea Target American Cities

    China transferred to North Korea at least six of those mobile launchers, a clear violation of Security Council sanctions.

    Washington policymakers have been reluctant to confront the implications of the Chinese effectively using the North Koreans to target U.S. cities. Beijing, by supplying the mobile launchers, substantially increased the North’s ability to attack the American homeland.

    China has voted in favor of sanctions before and, after making inspections for a while, went back to violating the rules it had just supported. And the reported refusal to send an envoy to Pyongyang appears to be more a display of Beijing’s new arrogance than anything else: the Chinese demanded the North Koreans act like vassals by sending a representative to China first to make a request.

  • N. Korea to launch missile tomorrow: report
    10:01 pm on April 8th, 2013 7

    [...] UPDATE: The Pentagon is saying it won’t shoot down the missile if it’s heading for open water. [...]

  • MSgt (Ret.) A
    2:09 am on April 9th, 2013 8

    If memory serves correct, their 1st test firing was in the summer of 1993.

    Sooner or later we’re going to have to deal with these nuts, so why wait another 20 years? At that point they might actually be capable of reaching the US with an accurate nuclear weapon.

  • Obama's Speech Coach
    4:52 am on April 9th, 2013 9

    “MSgt (Ret.) A”, I think the only thing stopping us is the artillery pointed at Seoul…

    And what Walt Kelly, Pogo’s creator, said… “Don’t fight somebody someone smaller than yourself. If you win you’re a bully; and if you lose you’re a bum.”

  • Obama's Speech Coach
    4:55 am on April 9th, 2013 10

    (Somewhat misquoted from the 18 September 1953 conversation between a mouse and a beaver…)

  • Liz
    5:29 am on April 9th, 2013 11

    #8: Why wait? Wait for what? A “preventative strike on the DPRK”? You can’t be earthly serious. Talk about a war we can’t afford to win. After over two thousand years, we’d have something to replace the word ‘Pyrrhic victory’ with, the Pyongyang victory. It might even replace the word idiot. Parents in the future would tell their children, “That’s pyonyangian”.

  • Conway Eastwood
    9:01 pm on April 9th, 2013 12

    If a Nork missile flies over Japan, we’ll know one thing: They were aiming for South Korea. :lol:


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