North Korea fires long-range rocket despite warnings

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    Osmanovic 1st Lieutenant

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    North Korea has fired a long-range rocket, which critics say is a test of banned missile technology.

    A state TV announcer said that North Korea had successfully placed a satellite in orbit.

    It appears the rocket was fired from a base in the north-west and passed over Japan's southern Okinawa islands.

    The launch was condemned by Japan, South Korea and the US, who have requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council later on Sunday.

    The North insists its space programme is purely scientific in nature, but the US, South Korea and even ally China say the rocket launches are aimed at developing an inter-continental ballistic missile capable of striking the US.

    North Korea has already provoked international criticism this year with a fourth nuclear bomb test on 6 January.

    South Korean analysts had speculated that the North might carry out the launch ahead of 16 February, the birthday of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.

    'Serious threats'
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the launch "absolutely unacceptable," saying it was a "clear violation" of UN Security Council resolutions.

    UN Security Council resolutions ban the state from carrying out any nuclear or ballistic missile tests.

    US National Security Adviser Susan Rice said North Korea's use of ballistic missile technology was "yet another destabilizing and provocative action".

    "North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs represent serious threats to our interests - including the security of some of our closest allies," she said in a statement.

    Contenders for the Republican ticket in the US presidential election this year were asked for their reaction during a debate in New Hampshire.

    Donald Trump said he would work with China to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue: "I would get on with China. Let China solve that problem. They can do it quickly and surgically. That's what we should do with North Korea."

    For his part, Chris Christie said of the North Korean government: "All these people understand is toughness and strength."

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35515207
     
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    They have nuclear weapons, this means they can do what they want. The leadership in that country will always have food, alcohol, and nice cars even if they get completely sanctioned. Going to war against them would cause chaos.

    China has to do more to pressure them, they should stop sending back refugees and escaping people to North Korea.
     
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    Yesterday at the Republican Political debate here in the US the issue of China-DPRK relations was discussed quiet a bit.

    North Korean News Report on the Launch |Hilarious|

     
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    Everything is so epic |Jawdrop|

     
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    Looks like we already got a response:

     
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    Falcon Major Staff Member Social Media Team

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    Even though North Korea's missile flew over Japan the Japanese didn't attempt to shoot it down. Either they didn't have a chance too or they didn't want to escalated the situation. As long as Japan has its current constitution that limits its rules of engagement things like this will continue to happen.
    That nut secured his position, they will rule forever unless the people rise up but they don't even have the food to do that or access to the proper knowledge required. They don't even know what a protest is.
     
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    I don't know if they even could. The Unha-3, or this version of it, is akin to an ICBM that was flying at a high - and rising - altitude when it crossed Japanese airspace.

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    Japan deployed PAC-3, but that couldn't touch Unha-3:

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    Japan also has SM-3, but that's used to hit missiles that are descending, not those ascending, unless close to the missile while launching and not those in midcourse either. SM-3 with the right software mods can hit satellites and may possess midcourse defense capabilities, but how widespread this is and whether or not Japan has it is questionable.

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    Unless the missile fractured or dove towards Japanese land, Japan may lack the tools to shoot down such a target in ascension. It does have the skill to down such a target in terminal phase.
     
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