North Korea Launches Missile Towards Japan - Passes Over Okinawa

Tyler Durden's picture

Now that is a rattling sabre. While markets for now are seemingly shrugging off this 'fly-by', we suspect the people of Okinawa were more than a little surprised:


What is most surprising is not the rocket launch: it was largely expected and overdue after the humiliation from the last one; it is that Korea has brazenly defied US warnings and the threat of sanctions just to make a rather meaningless political point. The imminent escalation in sanctions and N.Korea's response is what is the true variable here, confirmed by the markets who have not even blinked as a result of the rocket launch.

From BBC:

North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, South Korean news sources have reported.

A previous launch in April failed when the rocket broke up after take-off.

North Korea says it plans to put a satellite into space, but many countries believe the tests are a cover for weapons development.

The US and other nations had previously warned the launch would constitute a test of long-range missile technology banned under UN resolutions.

South Korean television network YTN said the rocket was launched from a site on the west coast of the North.

The Japanese government, which put its armed forces on alert ahead of the launch, said the missile appears to have passed over Okinawa.

It said it had not attempted to intercept the rocket.

The rocket was scheduled to pass between the Korean peninsula and China, with a second stage coming down off the Philippines before launching the satellite into orbit.

Map showing projected path of rocket

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thatthingcanfly's picture

You didn't launch that. Someone else launched that for you.

economics9698's picture

Fucking assholes know we have a NWA in the WH.

General Decline's picture

He is white according to at least some black people. I was in Gabon earlier this year and a group of Gabonese nationals asked me if Obama was considered black and I said "yes, he is considered our first black president". The all started laughing at me.

akak's picture

They were most likely laughing not because Obama is considered by Americans to be black, but because he is considered (by the woefully naive) to be our 'leader'.

Spirit Of Truth's picture

North Korea is not a rogue power.  Pyongyang operates at the behest of Russia and China:

mkkby's picture

Look that the map and get a grip people.  The missile was aimed the only way to NOT go over another country.  As usual, everyone -- ZH included -- wants to breathlessly make something out of nothing.  Stop being so fucking shrill all the time.

strannick's picture


Supernova Born's picture

Seems China/proxy missiles tend to launch on the day of QE announcements. Remember the "contrail" off Los Angeles on the day QE2 was announced?

Albertarocks's picture

What the hell is with your attitude?  As much as you apparently believe everything you read and are most likely itchin' for the next war, what mkkby said was perfectly true and should be as obvious as the nose on your face.  He sure didn't deserve a retort like that, which by the way normally come out of the mouths of 12 year olds.

jeff montanye's picture

really.  i thought all the exclamation points past the first two or three were excessive.

my favorite part of the post was where it said that Korea has brazenly defied US warnings and the threat of sanctions just to make a rather meaningless political point.

wish someone would warn the u.s. to stop launching missiles to kill people, their women and children, their first responders, their mourners and everybody that's watching.  

unfortunately the u.s. is making such a meaningful political point that the vengeance it produces may take several generations to die down.

at least the "security state" won't run out of work.

Albertarocks's picture

I was gonna give you a thumbs down just so you and I would be tied.  But I gave ya an "up" because you don't deserve a "down".  lol

strannick's picture

Oh. Pardon that. I was trying to give him one of those ''fucking shrill'' ZH experiences he was referring to...

Albertarocks's picture

Oh!  My apologies then... that one went right over my head.

somecallmetimmah's picture

" is that Korea has brazenly defied US warnings and the threat of sanctions just to make a rather meaningless political point."


"Brazenly defied U.S. warnings"?  Please help me here.  Warnings from Barak Obama?  And what is it you'd expect your Prez-Uh-dent to do?

Impose sanctions on a nation we have absolutely nothing to do with?  And I'd say the political point is anything but "meaningless"; evil or no, North Korea doesn't march to the dictates of other socialist dictators.

RafterManFMJ's picture

He is white according to at least some black people. I was in Gabon earlier this year and a group of Gabonese nationals asked me if Obama was considered black and I said "yes, he is considered our first black president". The all started laughing at me.


And then they put you in the soup?

Ar-Pharazôn's picture

dont offend white people please. what you said doesnt make him a white

bigkahuna's picture

if you're white, we want to offend you...

vast-dom's picture

Man O' Manischewitz drink up my hateful niggas! 


And if there were no casualties, then it didn't happen. Keynesian stimulus: FAIL.


I'm blacker than Obummer.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Not like Dre and EZ.  Obama is a spineless coward with an NWO cock in his mouth.

Stoploss's picture

Black ball cap with WWIII logo.

Is that it over there??

LongSoupLine's picture

Did Goldman approve of this launch?!?!


If not, someone's eating their own ass tonight.

3.7.77's picture

For some reason I can see them all juming up and doing Gangnam Style

Taterboy's picture

Those hamsters on board had to peddle like hell to get it to go that far.

Dead Canary's picture

They were aiming at Bejing.

These rockets are perfectly safe. (As long as you are standing in front of them.)

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


These rockets are perfectly safe.

Place on ground.
Light fuse.
Get away.

ball-and-chain's picture

Fuck North Korea.

I never spend a minute worrying about them.

They are a compliant Chinese puppet-state.

They march to Bejing's orders.


VisualCSharp's picture

I downvote every comment that ends in a URL plugging someone's shitty blog, and I suggest everyone else do the same. You're nothing but a traffic parasite.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

I always downvote gashes who plug a blog or say, look at this video and then post a link. 


Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Some of the regular posters post good info though. It's not all trash.

Gert_B_Frobe's picture

I down-vote posters who actually go to the url links and report on them.

CPL's picture

They always have.


NK seriously has no sancitions in reality because all it's trade has been through China for...25 years.  Not nearly as long as the Cuba sancitions, which are baffling considering the cold war is over (lol, no never ended, game became oil over ideology).  

The same game has been going on, nothing changed after Glasnost.  We just got better phones, TV's and online services.  China is more than likely behind it attempting to provoke a sideways response from Washington through Japan.  Japan doesn't have a pot to piss in, and South Korea is working on it with diesel shortages and brown outs/rolling blackouts.  China needs all asian countries to shut the fuck up and listen.


Not sure how India will react.  Their trade ties with the USA is fairly fragile, they might strike a deal.  It's a country with an extra 70 million men with no possibility of finding a wife.  China is in the same position.  Lots of disposable zerg hoards and you are the countries that are the center of arms and munitions manufacturing on the planet.


So who do you back?  Guy with a huge army that you've bumped into over the course of 7000 years and cash in the bank.  Or the guy dicating terms to you that owes you money, you own his supply chain and you've got cash in the bank.

This will not play out how people think it will in Europe and North America.  That currency that America could wield once is not longer the same offer.  It's been spent with every backhanded news gesture and fed printing move.  Indian culture is very, very old, they have a deep sense of their heritiage and history.  They have a long memory as old as India.  Like an elephant.  And so does China.  

China and India historically help each other get out of the way btw.  They have pissing contests about water, but both countries know they need oil more if they are to continue their massive space programs (seriously, huge and well funded with excellent returns on science).  Plus some really impressive engineering programs that both are collaborating on.  CERN won't be the only place on the planet an LHC exists soon enough.  Neither China or India would be willing to sacrifice the gains they've made.

toady's picture

North Korea does come begging for heating oil and wheat every year.

It always amazes me that we give them stuff while they tell the world we're the bad guys.

Now this year they can tell their people we're afraid of their big bad missle, that's why we are feeding them and heating their buildings.
fuck'em. Let them freeze & starve.

CPL's picture

They do.  It's NK population control.  Anything traded/given with them just goes to China anyways.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

As it happens Hugo Chavez gives heating oil free... to poor Americans. Yes, YOUR Americans.

CH1's picture

And Japan didn't back up their tough talk.

Who knew that they were Republicans?

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

I think Fukushima showed us how spineless Japanese officials are.

razorthin's picture

Just missing an archduke.

Iocosus's picture

Sanctioning Iran as FDR did to the Japs will achieve that end. A Syrian Chemical Weapon false flag will be the, as Tenet assured, "slam dunk".

The Shootist's picture

Gangnam North Korea Style. Dear leader is still the sexiest man alive.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

I didn't think it would get off the ground.

Real Estate Geek's picture

And what's with sending it towards a polar orbit? 

akak's picture

They were trying to eventually bomb Santa Claus at the north pole, that fat running dog imperialist capitalistic bastard!

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

oh the Chrismassing and Candyism makes AnHoliday special.