North Korea fires missile over Japan

A slow news day just got heated up:

North Korea has launched a missile which passed over northern Japan, the Japanese Government says.

The Japanese Government warned people in the north of the country to take precautions and shelter in their basements, according to public broadcaster NHK.

“We will make utmost efforts to firmly protect the lives of the people,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters in brief remarks as he entered his office for emergency meetings.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile launch posed an “unprecedented threat” and was a clear violation of United nations resolutions.

“This ballistic missile launch appeared to fly over our territory,” the top government spokesman told reporters.

“It is an unprecedented, serious and grave threat to our nation.”

The missile was launched from near North Korean capital Pyongyang and flew about 2,700 kilometres, reaching an altitude of about 550 kilometres, South Korea’s military said.

Mr Suga said it was fired about 5:58am (Japan time), flew over the northernmost main island of Hokkaido about 6:06am and fell into waters about 1,180 km to the east of Cape Erimo about 6:12am.

NHK said it broke into three pieces as it fell into waters off Hokkaido.

The unidentified projectile was fired from near the North Korean capital Pyongyang, South Korea’s military said.

The Government’s J-Alert warning system advised people in the area to take precautions, but NHK said there was no sign of damage.

The Japanese military did not attempt to shoot down the missile.

The Pentagon said it was gathering more information but the missile did not pose a threat to North America.

“We can confirm that the missile launched by North Korea flew over Japan,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning told reporters.

“North American Aerospace Defence Command [NORAD] determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.”

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    • To be fair President FIGJAM’s policy of being unpredictable is the problem. US allies cant work him out either. Hard to fly in formation and show united front.

      • ceteris paribus

        If there is a common strand between the two leaders, it would undoubtedly be made of hair!
        Yes, you are absolutely right, there is nothing to laugh about here, particularly for the millions of people in the region itself. Very bad show. Once again Australia’s greatest attribute has blessed us all, namely, being “far”. “Far” is a highly underrated quality, especially in dealing with human beings.

    • That’s because while it’s difficult to imagine NK doing anything more than sabre rattling (like they do to every new President), it’s nearly impossible to guess what Trump might do.

      • Meh.

        They launched missiles when Clinton was President.
        They launched missiles when Bush was President.
        They launched missiles when Obama was President.

      • Not that there’s any chance of that happening soon, but if it did I’d be mostly worried about a random piece of debris falling on me after it broke up, than a warhead.

      • casewithscience


        They did not launch missles over Japan during the Obama Administration. I think 1998 was the last time they did. So not during Bush (II) either.

      • I know for a fact there are a lot more safeguards against the POTUS doing something insane vs the execrable KJU.

        But, Trump…!

      • I guess that was my point. If you were Japanese and someone is testing ballistic missiles above your head it’s hardly of any comfort that they don’t carry nuclear warheads knowing they could fall apart and potentially injure you.

      • The original question asked was why people were worried about Trump.

        The point is that people are worried about Trump because the risk of NK causing harm by anything other than an accident is minimal, but with Trump, nobody knows what he might do. And while the safeguards in the US system are undoubtedly greater, the level of crazy is also currently much higher.

        I struggle to envisage a scenario where NK launches a first strike.

      • Yes of course, from the very moment they press the button they will be known as the only country-sized piece of burnt toast visible from space.

      • The point smithy, is that you will defend the insane and what’s unable to defend. What the fuck is wrong with people like you?

      • The point smithy, is that you will defend the insane and what’s unable to defend. What the fuck is wrong with people like you?


        What is it you think I’m “defending” here ?

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      As Bannon admits, 10 million people in Seoul will die during the first hour of a war with North Korea, so a war is not the answer.

      Right now the best you can do is a ‘Cold War’ type of containment. The North Korean missile launch is a response to the US and South Korea is holding military exercise. It’s saber-rattling from both sides.

      • I’m not sure that’s the only solution, both the US and Soviet Union did a lot of Biological warfare development during the cold war, there were a lot of fast acting bio-weapons developed that could debilitate an entire army for something like 72 hours, yet they could be contained at the borders by troop/local population inoculation. It’s hard to follow orders (and even harder to load/fire artillery) with shit flowing like water all down your legs.
        NK would need to do something stupid before China accepted this as a solution, but Trump could easily misinterpret where China draws the line, the man just doesn’t listen well.

    • The USA should really do some reading on game theory. This is an infinite game with no end. Once they treat the situation as such, then maybe progress will be made. This is Vietnam all over again.

  1. NK understands its role as proxy and as long as US keeps flying along China’s boarders doing “research” and disputes South China Sea this will be going for a while.
    But if US and China come to some agreement then NK will be contained.
    I can be wrong but I can’t see military option without China giving go ahead. And right now US wants something for nothing from China.

    • Subtle wording change ……. “KJU understands his role in ensuring his way of life is unchanged and unchallenged. ie he gets to keep his bling and ensure his people worship him or disappear”. For some reason when I think of this I think of Soylent Green
      …………… meanwhile in the real North Korea
      The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a genuine workers’ state in which all the people are completely liberated from exploitation and oppression. The workers, peasants, soldiers and intellectuals are the true masters of their destiny and are in a unique position to defend their interests.
      Also you too could visit NK via The Korean Friendship Association (KFA). KFA trips have become popular amongst our KFA members as well as other people, who are welcome to join, to experience North Korea outside the tourist trail and have interaction with North Korean citizens first hand.A visitor joining the KFA Delegation is not treated as a tourist but as a friend of the DPRK, having access to places, information, insights and events not allowed for regular visitors.

      They have a tourist trail ….. and you get to see peasants.

  2. Trumps pride is taking a hit by the lowly option polls. An attack on NK will firm up support for him massively and must be a real temptation for his type of personality.

  3. – This is simply a “Tempest in a teapot”. Nothing more. Tensions ? Absolutely !!! Crisis ? Far from !!!
    – There’s actually a VERY simple solution for this “Problem”: Lift ALL the trade sanctions that were imposed after the Korea war in the 1950s. And the entire problem is gone within 12 months.
    – But alas all the countries (China, Japan, South Korea, US) involved don’t want a solution (for a number of different reasons) and therefore North Korea remains a “problem”.
    – And it’s the people in North Korea who suffer the most under these sanctions. NOT the north korean leaders in PyongYang.