Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said today that “North Korea poses a continuing threat that should trouble us a great deal.”
North Korea is threatening to launch a ballisic missile over Japan and toward the United States.
Today Japan said it could shoot down any missile or object that looked to be a threat to Japan.
“Japan is legally able to shoot down the object to secure safety if it looks like it will fall on to Japan,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura said during a news conference.
Above: Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura says it has the right to shoot down the satellite.
Bolton said “Japan is sending a signal to Washington not to go soft on North Korea.”
The White House has already said it will not authorize a shoot down of the North Korean missile but could change its mind. Hillary Clinton said there were “a lot of options.”
“Japan is certainly threatened by North Korea. North Korea, with its nuclear weapons, is a regional and global threat,” Bolton said.
Even though the U.S. Navy has already demonstrated the ability to destroy an orbiting satellite, the White House says the U.S. will not interfere with North Korea’s missile test.
“Obama’s outreach and engagement with many [including Syria, Iran and the Taliban] is in contrast to Japan’s relationship with North Korea,” Bolton said.
Bolton was interviewed by the Fox News Channel on Friday morning, March 13, 2009.
North Korea remains a trouble spot in the world today only because China allows them to play that role.
This week North Korea threatened war with the United States — a war that would certainly involve Japan and South Korea. North Korea could not be making such threats and could not even think about testing a long range strategic missile just now unless China consented to this brazen move or at least looked the other way.
China supplies North Korea with almost all of its food, oil, luxury goods and currency.
Without China, North Korea would be impotent and meaningless.
One of Japan’s missile defense ships, KONGO
rocket launch would send it across Japanese territory.said on Friday it could shoot down any threatening object falling toward its territory, after said a planned
North Korea has given notice to global agencies that it plans to launch a satellite between April 4 and 8, presenting a challenge to new U.S. President Barack Obama and allies who see it as a disguised missile test.
“Under our law, we can intercept any object if it is falling toward Japan, including any attacks on Japan, for our safety,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura told a news conference.
South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement any such launch would be in violation of Security Council Resolution 1718.
“If North Korea goes ahead with the launch, we believe there will be discussions and a response by the Security Council on the violation of the resolution.”
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Japan Warns North Korea
A U.S. Navy ship launches ballistic missile defense interceptors like those that could be used to counter North Korea’s long range missile launch….Japan also has AEGIS ships with ballistic missile defense systems….