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Originally posted by tothetenthpower
I wonder what NK means by strongholds. Like city capitals? What kind of attack could they of all people carry out, I doubt they have any serious weaponry that couln't be intercepted or diverted by Japan, China or even SK.
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.
Assemblywoman and national defense expert Song Young Sun forecasted on Thursday that “North Korea will provoke us, attempting military exercises south of the NLL (Northern Limit Line) soon after the end of ‘Key Resolve’... which will finish on the 20th.”
Song was speaking on a Peace Broadcasting Company (PBC) radio program, continuing, “North Korea is likely to provoke us between the 21st of March and the 15th of April, according to its past pattern of action. Especially, there is a higher possibility of North Korea provoking something from the 4th of April until the 8th, the period when North Korea has claimed it will launch a missile.”
Originally posted by WestPoint23
reply to post by superdeluxe
You're very, very right about that. During the mid 90's (93-94), under Clinton, people still don't fully appreciate how close we were to attacking North Korea. The CONPLAN at the time was prepped, simulations run and deployments made. We were ready to go, luckily they backed down.
[edit on 19-3-2009 by WestPoint23]
In June 1994, the Clinton administration contemplated a nuclear strike against NK, but gave up after computer simulations showed that vast destruction in South Korea and even Japan world result.
Originally posted by sliceNodice
This is extremely nerve racking, if the rocket doesn't go straight up and starts heading towards Japan, Japan will be very tempted to shoot it down. I imagine it would cause chaos in the war room there "shoot it down!, shoot it down!" "no we can't they said they would implement a massive strike against anyone who does!!" "are you kidding me!? this rocket might be a nuke and could hit tokyo!" "general what do we do!!"
5:29pm UK, Wednesday March 25, 2009
North Korea has reportedly positioned a long-range missile on a launch pad despite warnings from the US.
The communist regime is believed to have set up a Taepodong-2 missile at its facility in Musudan in the east of the country.
Pyongyang has said it intends to use the missile to launch a satellite into space.
All being well it says this will happen sometime between April 4 and 8.
The launch would be in defiance of a UN ban which prohibits North Korea from ballistic activity.
North Korea insists it would be an entirely "peaceful" event - but experts fear the real aim could be to acquire a ballistic missile capability.
The US says it could shoot down the missile if necessary, although the Pentagon has said it does not foresee the need arising.
Japan on the other hand has said it is prepared to destroy the missile with defence systems obtained from the US.
The last test of a Taepodong-2 in 2006 was a spectacular failure.
The missile started to cartwheel almost immediately after liftoff and then exploded.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Any info on what CONPLAN number was there... any stories on that or more info to see what was the plan to evaluate it... expected casualties, method of attacks... ect..?
[edit on 21-3-2009 by Vitchilo]