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Old 3rd October 2022, 06:05 PM   #1
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North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan

Several hours ago Japanese TV and radio stations broadcast emergency alerts after radar picked up a North Korean missile launch headed towards Japan's Hokkaido Island.
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The 5 million residents of Hokkaido, Japan's second largest island, were warned on Tuesday morning local time to take shelter after North Korea launched a missile over the island. After a tense 20 minutes of emergency alerts, the missile was announced to have crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Link to CNET report
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Old 3rd October 2022, 07:15 PM   #2
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Why threaten Japan? (I don't know if they've been doing it for a while.) What happens when Japan gets pissed off at NK?
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Old 3rd October 2022, 07:48 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by alfaniner View Post
Why threaten Japan? (I don't know if they've been doing it for a while.) What happens when Japan gets pissed off at NK?
Because Japan is seen as allied with the West, and it's the next closest country after South Korea, with whom they are technically still at war.
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Old 3rd October 2022, 08:05 PM   #4
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Japan and North Korea have an established history of bad relations.
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Japan and Korea share a history of exchange and conflict dating back nearly two millennia, and Japan’s 1910-1945 period of colonial rule in Korea continues to cast a long shadow over its relationships on both halves of the Peninsula. Since the end of World War II and the division of Korea, relations between Japan and North Korea have been mostly defined by tension and distrust, punctuated by occasional periods of tentative engagement. Link to the National Committee on North Korea (US)
Somewhat related, it was just over a year ago that the Chinese Communist Party threatened a full-scale nuclear attack on Japan if the latter interfered in Taiwan.
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“We will use nuclear bombs first," the video said. "We will use nuclear bombs continuously. We will do this until Japan declares unconditional surrender for the second time." The video was deleted from Chinese platform Xigua after gaining 2 million views, but copies were uploaded to YouTube and Twitter, Taiwan News reported. Business Standard (Indian newspaper) news link
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Old 3rd October 2022, 08:15 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
Because Japan is seen as allied with the West, and it's the next closest country after South Korea, with whom they are technically still at war.
Which is ironic considering how much Japan and SK hate each other's guts.

My pick is Kimmy's running interference for Putin, or at least, taking advantage of Ukraine.
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Old 3rd October 2022, 09:15 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by The Atheist View Post
My pick is Kimmy's running interference for Putin, or at least, taking advantage of Ukraine.
Maybe, but North Korea were firing missiles in Japan's vicinity long before the invasion of Ukraine.
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Old 3rd October 2022, 09:37 PM   #7
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I wonder if the message isn't meant for Russia at least as much as Japan/US.
With Russia defacto demilitarizing in the far east, and it's military looking much weaker than anticipated, North Korea might be sending the signal to Moscow that it's junior partner has become more powerful than them, at least regionally.
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Old 4th October 2022, 12:33 AM   #8
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North Korea loves firing missiles over Japan or into the Sea of Japan (ooops! Sorry, I meant to call it the East Sea).

Usually it means that people aren't paying them enough attention, but of course some North Korean apologists (yes, they actually exist and their job is to be really edgy) will act surprised that anyone cares and ask, "Well, where else are they supposed to fire those things? Over China? Over Russia? Maybe they are trying to launch a satellite? What about all the other countries with missiles?" blah blah blah... blah blah blah... blah blah...
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Old 4th October 2022, 02:10 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
Maybe, but North Korea were firing missiles in Japan's vicinity long before the invasion of Ukraine.
Obviously, but they seem to have busy lately.

Someone must keep count?
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Old 4th October 2022, 04:55 AM   #10
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As has been reported, North Korea hasn't launched a missile over Japan in a while.
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Japan urged residents to take shelter early Tuesday morning after North Korea fired a ballistic missile without warning over the country for the first time in five years, in a major and potentially dangerous escalation of recent weapons tests by the Kim Jong Un regime. The intermediate-range missile was launched from Mupyong-ri near North Korea’s central border with China at around 7:23 a.m. local time, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). It flew about 4,600 kilometers (2,858 miles) for 20 minutes at an estimated maximum altitude of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) over Japan’s Tohoku region on the main island of Honshu before falling into the Pacific Ocean, some 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) from the country’s shore, Japanese officials said. CNN news link
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Old 4th October 2022, 06:18 AM   #11
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You see! Somewhere in Florida there is a guy ranting about how "This never happened on my watch! Putin wouldn't have dared! Rocket Man wrote me love letters - Darling Sir! - he called me 'Sir' - he said, Sir, I want deal! I gave him deal. And now we have hurricanes in our state. Whoever heard of hurricanes in Florida...?"
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Old 4th October 2022, 06:51 AM   #12
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The last time North Korea launched a missile that crossed over Japan was in August 2017 (five years ago). It was condemned by the United Nations.
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“The Security Council stresses that these DPRK actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN Member States,” the statement continued, expressing the 15-member body's grave concern that the DPRK is, by conducting such a launch over Japan, “as well as its recent actions and public statements,” deliberately undermining regional peace and stability and have caused grave security concerns around the world. Link to United Nations website
Five days later North Korea "successfully" tested a nuclear device.
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North Korea says it has successfully tested a nuclear weapon that could be loaded on to a long-range missile. The secretive communist state said its sixth nuclear test was a "perfect success", hours after seismologists had detected an earth tremor. Pyongyang said it had tested a hydrogen bomb - a device many times more powerful than an atomic bomb. Link to BBC archived news report
South Korea reported the seismic tremor created by the test was recorded as almost ten times more powerful than the one produced by the previous test. By the way, prior to both of these events in 2017, trump had promised to unleash “Fire and fury like the world has never seen,” if North Korea continued to act in a hostile manner.
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Old 8th October 2022, 06:17 AM   #13
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So the Norks missed one of the biggest islands in the world by 800 miles? I guess I'm not worried about California.
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