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Originally posted by elston
N Korea is not out to attack the US. The fact that it is even being discussed as a possibility on MSM is total fear mongering and ridiculous. However, if Japan shoots it down at any stage then China and Russia come to the aid of N Korea and Japan calls on support from the UN then it could get interesting. Seems as though Japan has taken the roll of the fall guy in this scenario.
The status of the United States Forces Japan was defined in the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement. The treaty is still in effect and the Japanese foreign policy is based on these reciprocal obligations.
Japan-America Security Alliance. By this treaty, the USAF are legally responsible for the defense of Japan and in return for this, the Japanese government has offered military bases, funds and various interests as defined by the Status of Forces Agreement.
WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) - North Korean missile preparations, which are being closely monitored by the U.S. military, suggest Pyongyang could launch a satellite into space as early as Saturday, a U.S. defense official said.
"They're doing everything consistent with the launch of a space vehicle on April 4," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters on Thursday.
April 3 (Bloomberg) -- China is trying to persuade North Korea not to go ahead with a planned rocket launch and is urging calm among countries in the region, the Associated Press reported, citing a Japanese official.
China is trying various measures to stop the launch, which may come as early as tomorrow, AP said, citing an aide to Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso after he met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in London at the Group of 20 summit yesterday.
North Korea said last month it plans to fire a rocket carrying a satellite into orbit between April 4 and 8. Japan and South Korea suspect the launch is a cover for a test of a long- range ballistic missile, which would be a breach of a United Nations resolution, and urged North Korea to abandon the plan.
North Korea has stepped up its rhetoric in recent days threatening military attacks should any attempts be made to shoot the rocket down.