Tokyo ready to shoot down a North Korean rocket (defense)

On Saturday the Japanese Defence Minister Naoki Tanaka said that the Japanese Self Defense Forces were discussing the possibility to shoot down the rocket if necessary charge of North Korean satellite into orbit Kwangmyongsong-3, the newspaper Sankey reported .

Self-Defense Forces are preparing for a possible intercept the rocket, such as when shooting North Korean precedent, said the head of the military department during a visit Hyakuri base in Ibaraki prefecture.

The official Korean agency KCNA said on Friday that North Korea was planning to orbit the Kwangmyongsong-3 (“Star Light”) in mid-April, using the national missile technologies.

On April 5, 2009, North Korea has already launched the rocket carrying the Unha-2 communications satellite Kwangmyongsong-2. Several countries, including Japan, the United States and South Korea, had denounced then an intercontinental ballistic missile test in disguise prohibited by UN resolutions.

Resolutions 1718 and 1874 of the Security Council UN call Pyongyang not to test ballistic missiles, to abandon its efforts to acquire nuclear weapons and return to six-party talks (Russia, North Korea, Korea South, United States, China and Japan) launched in 2003 but discontinued in 2008.

Pyongyang says its space program has a civilian, but international experts are concerned that the multi-stage rockets are converted intercontinental ballistic missiles equipped with nuclear warheads. The experts questioned the usefulness of the civil space program of North Korea, which depends largely on foreign humanitarian assistance.

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