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North Korea Launches Missile Towards Japan - Passes Over Okinawa

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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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Wed, 12/12/2012 - 09:43 | 3055273 toomanyfakecons...
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I agree, and our military isn't going along with the whole WWIII thing not matter which illegitimate Commander in Chief huffs and puffs... so it's interesting times we live in.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 09:44 | 3055351 helping_friendl...
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The Pentagon and JCoS have made clear their inability to launch an offensive on any country; despite anything Israel says!

They can't attack Iran and they certainly won't attack North Korea again. We got our ass kicked by the Chinese last time and now the Chinese are beter prepared. The Chinese would, no doubt, take the entire Korean peninsula this time.

Obama is smart and actually listens to his Generals unlike the last pin head in the WH.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:19 | 3055496 optimator
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The U.S. is not "toothless".  We can easily bomb backward tribesmen just as easily as those Italian Colonial Bombers could take care of Eithiopia 80 years ago.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 01:54 | 3054856 hunglow
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Are not rockets unguided and balistic missles guided...

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 04:13 | 3054970 Supernova Born
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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?

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 04:27 | 3054980 magpie
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We already have QE infinity, so the warning shot must pertain to the cliff jump ahead

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 06:48 | 3055088 BigInJapan
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I would guess this was an Iranian missile test, more than anything. Like those NK lollipops could launch anything more than a spoiled cabbage.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 07:30 | 3055110 DollarDive
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Another one ? 

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 07:41 | 3055119 lakecity55
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Place on ground.

Light fuze.

Get away.

Use only under adult supervision.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 08:11 | 3055142 Benjamin Glutton
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An NK press release would be a welcome update to this post.


North Korea Has Launched its Rocket, And A Satellite is ‘in Orbit’ North Korea has launched its long-range rocket at 1000KST and is broadcasting via state media that it has successfully put a satellite into orbit. Japan and South Korea are holding emergency meetings.  December 12, 2012


UPDATE (0245 EST): Prof. Stephan Haggard has some initial thoughts on the launch over at the North Korea: Witness to Transformation blog. Most notably on China, he says that they “signed on to the 2009 sanctions effort, but was more reticent following the April 2012 test. It remains to be seen what they will offer today, but we expect it will be marginal tweaks on the entities and individuals subject to sanction. Then the question becomes whether Beijing will enforce what it signs, and our cynicism on that question is pretty deep. As the more elaborated Xinhua coverage suggests, the reference to North Korea’s obligations not to test under 1874 will likely recede and concerns about escalation will drive Beijing to revert to its “even-handed” approach. China may be sending private messages to cease and desist, but they have certainly not proven strong enough to have any effect.”

UPDATE (0225EST): China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei expressed regret over North Korea’s rocket launch and also called on the North to abide by UN Security Council resolutions. He also said the situation should be resolved through talks.

UPDATE (0143EST): North Korea has released a second statement, saying in part “Our scientists and technicians, holding up Kim Jong Il’s will, succeeded in putting the “Kwangmyongsang-3? No.2 satellite into orbit, by “Unha-3,” a delivery rocket.” In addition, they said ”The complete success of “Kwangmyongsong-3? No.2 is a proud fruit of our party’s emphasis on science and technology policy, and a historical event in the process of advancing the country’s science technology and economy by independently asserting its right to peaceful use of space. Our scientists and technicians brilliantly upheld our great general’s will to launch a science technology satellite in 2012, which marks the 100th year of our great leader, in a time when the entire country is filled with endless longing and admiration of our great comrade Kim Jong Il.”




we seem to have conceded a successful launch and satellite deployment but I see there is no mention or speculation regarding reentry targeting. I would take this to mean the NK nailed it.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 08:55 | 3055210 Freewheelin Franklin
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I guess NK saw the revised Q3 GDP numbers from Japan and figured that they ain't got a pot to piss in. Now would be a good a time.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 09:17 | 3055256 toomanyfakecons...
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The forces of NOD are on the move. All the smart weapons and air power in the world won't save GDI.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 09:54 | 3055382 pops
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Lucky for them they don't have oil or poppy fields or we'd be up in arms over how they treat their citizenry.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:16 | 3055475 optimator
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Really lucky for them it didn't wander off course in the direction of Israel.  If that ever happened we'd flatten N. Korea in an instant.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:05 | 3055433 rsnoble
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Meanwhile the US just tested an underground nuke on our own soil.

BTW the markets didn't shrug off anything, The FED shrugged it off.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:15 | 3055470 jplotinus
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The Nkorea Pyonyang Times reports as follows:

"The US Air Force has relaunched the first of its super-secret X-37B spaceplanes, the OTV-1, sending it on another mysterious mission in space. OTV-1's first mission was back in 2010."

This provocative act from the world's most dangerous rogue state has caused consternation in Pyongyang and capitals around the world who have been seeking ways to thwart aggression and war criminality that have caharavterized that hostile and trigger happy nation that is intent on destroying the planet via its never ending pathological quest for newer more lethal weapons.

In an interview, DPRK's leading researcher noted the X-37B is likely carrying directed energy weapons into orbit, in violation of longstanding treaty prohibitions against weaponizing space. In recent years, the war mothers in Washington have said they do not consider the current treaties banning weapons in space to be applicable to the USA.
They claim the USA has an inherent right to develop whatever weapons pleases it and the right to place them wherever they like.

Treaties and disarmament are meant for those who can be coerced and might makes right.

The DPRK stands ready to defend humanity from the insanity of the world's most hostile nation, the USA.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:23 | 3055512 Element
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I feel quite fearful that if the Norks get satellites and cable TV with popcorn and their own Disneyland it will be the end of the free world as we now it, and we'll all pay a terrible price for not responding to this aggression earlier. 

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:26 | 3055521 Uncle Remus
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"Now that is a rattling sabre."

Sure it wasn't just the sheet metal and rivets as it passed over head?

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:27 | 3055530 shovelhead
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Good for Norks launching a satellite.

Now, if they could manage to launch a few ham sandwiches on the ground, they might have something to celebrate.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:36 | 3055580 Aegelis
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Japan, South Korea and Philippines all said, "That's one".  Don't make them count to three.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 11:10 | 3055745 ThisTimeIsDifferent
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"it is that Korea has brazenly defied US warnings and the threat of sanctions just to make a rather meaningless political point. "

The political point is just as meaningful as the US backed claims to oil and gas in the South China Sea by Japan, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Fasten seat belts as the US led strangulation of China continues.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 14:42 | 3056676 dadichris
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N. Korea and Iran are the last countries to defy the global banking monopoly/mafia.  No wonder they are declared "evil".

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