The North Korean government has announced plans to launch a rocket into orbit in early April, and has threatened war against any nation that attempts to intercept the launch. At least one country, however, has proclaimed its intentions to take serious action should the launch occur.
Officials in Japan have protested the intended launch and expressed the possibility of shooting down any rocket that comes near their shores.
According to Fox News:
“One of the ‘danger’ zones where the rocket's first stage is expected to fall is in waters less than 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Japan's northwestern shore, according to coordinates released Thursday by the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Maritime Organization.”
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso said in a statement on Friday: "They can call it a satellite or whatever, but it would be a violation" of a 2006 U.N. Security Council resolution banning Pyongyang from ballistic missile activity. "We protest a launch and strongly demand it be canceled."
And according to Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, Japan will "deal with anything that is flying toward us. We are preparing for any kind of emergency."
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