North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Over Japan; US Demands China, Russia "Take Direct Actions"

Update 5: US Secretary of State Tillerson has issued a rather aggressive (towards China and Russia) statement:

North Korea's Missile Launch

 

North Korea's provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks.

 

These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation.

 

United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take.

 

We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime.

 

China supplies North Korea with most of its oil. Russia is the largest employer of North Korean forced labor.

 

China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own.

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Update 4: The UN Security Council is set to meet at 4am Saturday Seoul time (3pm ET on Friday)

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Update 3: US Pacific Command has confirmed that its commitment to the defense of Japan and South Korea (via NBC News)

U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a single North Korean ballistic missile launch at 11:57 a.m. (Hawaii lime) Sept. 14. Initial assessment indicates the launch of an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM). The launch occurred in the vicinity of Sunan, North Korea and flew east.

 

The ballistic missile overflew the territory of northern Japan before landing in the Pacific Ocean east of Japan. We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment and we will provide a public update if warranted.

 

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined this ballistic missile did not pose a threat to North America, U.S. Pacific Command determined this ballistic missile did not pose a threat to Guam. We continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely.

 

Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, remains ironclad. We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation.

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Update 2: Japanese and South Korean officials have started to respond:

Japanese officials are very unappy (and are seeing much support from their ally in Washington)

  • *JAPAN PM ABE HAS RETURNED TO JAPAN FROM INDIA: KYODO (that was quick)
  • *ABE: N.KOREA ACT ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE
  • *ABE: N.KOREA THREATENING WORLD PEACE THROUGH PROVOCATION
  • *ABE: INTL COMMUNITY MUST SEND CLEAR MESSAGE TO N.KOREA (because "firs & fury" was not clear enough)
  • *ABE: IF N.KOREA CONTINUES ON THIS PATH IT HAS NO BRIGHT FUTURE
  • *ABE: JAPAN WAS COMPLETELY AWARE OF MISSILE MOVEMENT

 

  • *SUGA: N. KOREA LAUNCH WAS ONE-WAY ACT OF ESCALATION
  • *SUGA: MISSILE FLEW 3,700 KM, ALTITUDE ABOUT 800KM
  • *SUGA: BELIEVE MISSILE WASN'T LAUNCHED VIA LOFTED TRAJECTORY
  • *SUGA: STILL EVALUATING WHAT TYPE OF MISSILE N.KOREA LAUNCHED

Then it seems the South Koreans are gravely coincerned about their stock market more than any existential threat to their citizens...

  • *S. KOREA TO STRENGTHEN MONITORING OVER MARKETS ON N. KOREA RISK
  • *S. KOREA SAYS N. KOREA PROVOCATION CAN DESTABILIZE MARKETS
  • *S. KOREA GOVT TO TAKE FIRM AND SWIFT STEPS ON MARKETS IF NEEDED

And just as we saw yesterday - after US officials noted that North Korea appeared to be preparing for a launch, we suspect we will see Korea's PPT in action soon...

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Update 1:  According to Fox News, the U.S. has now confirmed the latest North Korean missile launch.

  • U.S. OFFICIAL CONFIRMS #NORTHKOREA FIRED BALLISTIC MISSILE: FOX NEWS
  • WHITE HOUSE SAYS TRUMP BRIEFED ON N.KOREA MISSILE: YONHAP NEWS

Gold and Yen are bid for now (after 3 NK headlines during the day)...

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All the diplomatic posturing, the jawboning, the UN sanctions, and threats over the past three weeks has achieved absolutely nothing because as Yonhap and NHK report, North Korea has just launched an "unidentified" missile eastward from the capital Pyongyang.

A live feed from NHK in English is available after clicking on the image below:

According to Yonhap, "North Korea fired an unidentified missile eastward from the vicinity of Pyongyang this morning," the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. It added that South Korea and the United States are analyzing additional information. On August 29, the North lobbed a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile over the island nation in a similar provocation .

Following the launch Japan has issued a missile alert to mobile phones and on national television, with the government advising people outside to take shelter immediately. 

Worse, it appears that the missile has once again flown over Japan:

  • NORTH KOREA MISSILE PASSES OVER JAPAN, GOVT SAYS
  • N.KOREA MISSILE PASSES OVER JAPAN'S HOKKAIDO, GOVT SAYS

As NHK further adds, the missile which was launched at 6:57am local time, passed over Hokkaido at 7:06am local time, and came down in the Pacific Ocean, some 2,000 KM east of Japan's Erimo Misaki.

The launch marks the North's first provocation following the UNSC sanctions for which the communist country has warned of retaliation.

The missile flew a total of 3,700 kilometers and reached an altitude of 770km, according to Yonhap, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

NK

  • NKOREA MISSILE MAY BE HWASONG 12, JP DEF OFFICIAL SAYS:TV ASAHI

Japan's cabinet minister Suga said that the missile situation is similar to that on August 29, NHK adds, and that Japan will take appropriate response in contact with the US and South Korea. NHK adds that Japan did not attempt to shoot down the missile though the South Korean military has confirmed it fired a test missile into the sea as part of training drill.

The South's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae immediately convened a National Security Council meeting, as the country's troops conducted a ballistic missile training in the East Sea in response to the North's latest provocation.

And now we await whether the US will finally escalate militarily, as Trump has threatened on countless occasions, or once again use even harsher, and more powerless, language hoping for a different outcome.

Comments

eclectic syncretist Mr. Ed Thu, 09/14/2017 - 18:28 Permalink

Shooting down thermonuclear warheads using anti-missile technology is unproven, and even if it did work it would only be "successful" if it was achieved over water with zero winds. Our MIC has let the country down by not being much much further along with this technology, given the huge investment we've made. They have failed us so far.

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thesonandheir mtndds Thu, 09/14/2017 - 19:18 Permalink

Kim, Xi and Vlad are laughing their cocks off at the inept Yankees. Haven't won a war against decent opposition since Germany 1945. Meanwhile the tiny tadged tweeter in chief is busy bumming Janet Yellen and ramping the disgusting bubble in stocks at every opportunity - who the fuck does that?  Fire and fury my fucking arse, sit down Donny and shut the fuck up.

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Slack Jack Creepy_Azz_Crackaah (not verified) Thu, 09/14/2017 - 21:14 Permalink

All the apparent flip-flops by Trump, are flip-flops to Trump's real policy. Not the policy Trump campaigned on, but Trump's real policy.

I have come to the conclusion that Trump is not at all what he seems. Trump is the enemy who pretends to be your friend. Trump is false opposition.

Remember a few weeks back, when Trump happily agreed to sign the sanctions bill against Russia.

The Orange Jew actually wanted to enact sanctions against Russia. This was the real plan.

However, he wanted to do this while still pretending to represent those that voted for him.

That is why the House voted 419-3 for sanctions.

That is why the Senate voted 98-2 for sanctions.

That is why the press screamed that the sanctions deal is veto-proof.

That is why the media screamed that Trump is trapped and has no other choice but to sign the sanctions bill.

All to give him a plausible excuse to sign the bill, to do what he wanted, but not what his support base wants.

As many Trump supporters now suspect, Trump has actually been their enemy from the beginning.

If the Orange Jew is the real deal then he would have vetoed the sanctions legislation.

But, Trump is not the real deal. So, he signed the sanctions into law.

Trump is no different from Obama, Bush and Clinton.

For one thing, it appears that Obama, Bush, Clinton and Trump are all Jews.

http://www.preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=630

http://mileswmathis.com/trump.pdf

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Slack Jack jcaz Thu, 09/14/2017 - 22:04 Permalink

Engdahl says Kim Jong Un is false opposition.

Engdahl also thinks North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State, but it seems more likely that Kim Jong Un is their man (i.e., Kim Jong Un is false opposition) and that North Korea is truly an enemy state.

https://journal-neo.org/2016/11/01/north-korea-is-an-pentagon-vassal-st…

If Kim Jong Un is really false opposition, then the Trump clan are deliberately trying to drag you into a war.

The first rule for fighting a (real) war is to place your own puppet as the leader of the enemy.

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NiggaPleeze pods Thu, 09/14/2017 - 22:55 Permalink

 Interesting how N. Korea testing its development of missiles is a "provocation".But US flying nuclear-capable stealth bombers next to N. Korea's doorstep is a "reaction".  US holding massive military drills with S. Korea near N. Korea border is a "drill".  US applying sanctions after sanctions that starve and harm millions of N. Koreans is "responsible".  US naming N. Korea as part of the "Axis of Evil" that must be destroyed is a "powerful speech".This is how one gets to war or into a fight:  zero respect for others.  Their feelings and interests don't count, one bit; ours are the only ones that matter. Sociopathic Bully Syndrome.Why can't N. Korea have ballistic missiles?  There's no international law against it.  Lots of other countries have them and nobody is upset by that. Frankly Us deserves a huge punch in the mouth.  Time to stop bullying everyone around the world to make the world safe for the ((New)) World Order.

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new game NiggaPleeze Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:35 Permalink

first the childern were happily  playing in the sandbox. then for no apparent reason one of them took a toy truck from another(cia) and the offended child retaliated by thowing sand(MIC) and soon the other childern picked sides. meanwhile the mothers(politicains) acted concerned...then soon the neighbors(bankers) peaked out the windows to see how all is going....

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The Alarmist Grimaldus Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:44 Permalink

It's testing a weapon system not aimed particularly at anyone. We do it all the time in the name of improving our defensive capabilities. Read their statements, and you will constantly see them assert the right to defend themselves. If we are provoked by that, it's because we are snowflakes who quake at the squeak of a mouse.

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NiggaPleeze Grimaldus Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:45 Permalink

Right, if a missile is flying by you don't know if it will drop and kill you, is that it?So if there is an aircraft carrier sailing by, a ballistic submarine in the area, B-2 bombers flying by your doorstep,  satellites over your country, or 50,000 foreign, extremely hostile troops holding "war games" at your border, how do you know they won't kill you?  Why are those not "provocations"?  And unlike a missile test, sanctions cost actual lives.Where would you have N. Korea test its missiles?  If you've looked at a map, there's not many places they can test a missile without it going over someone's land.  If you've also noticed, they make a big show out of launch preparations to give everyone plenty of warning that this is a test.And in reality, their conventional weapons (artillery) facing Seoul are by far the most powerful weapon they have.Media makes a big deal out of a missile launch b/c when it comes to "stupid", you're the model.

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Bollockinell NiggaPleeze Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:20 Permalink

Am I the only one remarking on the fact that Kim shot an unarmed missile into the ocean? We are talking letting off fireworks here only his overflew Japan by 700+ km high, hardly a danger or provocation to Japan! And take a look at the map. He wanted to test his firework's range and could have launched it landwards but no, to make sure he endangered nobody he sent it off into the ocean where it wouldn't harm anyone. How PROVOCATIVE of him! Every one of his missile tests has been without warhead. As far as I am aware, the only time he exploded a genuine atomic bomb it was in his own country. Take note America, HIS OWN COUNTRY. Unlike yours which wiped out and destroyed the lives for decades of loads of innocents on a beautiful little island.So the Japanese were afraid it may come tumbling down on their heads? Why don't they ban all aircraft from overflying their country? And if Japan wishes to complain about the dangers of launching rockets (with no warheads) into the sea, perhaps they might like to reflect on their non-stop radioactive pollution of the Pacific over the past 6.5 years.Lastly, S. Korea threatens Kim with devastation beyond recovery. One assumes that means they intend using nuclear weaponry. Good luck with that assholes because when you are downwind of the fallout you will at last be in a position to complain you have found xenon gas and a whole lot more contaminating your land.

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The Alarmist Quick Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:48 Permalink

That was my point with a hypothetical President Hillary in there.

BTW, if I was Kim, there would already be a 2kt weapon in a small satellite (both were well within his grasp years ago), and on some sunny day with all of his facilities in satellite view so that we could see no tactical or strategic indicators of an impending attack, I'd light that puppy over CONUS, leaving a hundred million or more stewing in un-air conditioned darkness with no iToys or cable TV, and I would have reasonable plausible deniability, because before DC could get into gear, I would reach out to express my sympathies to the American People for the heinous attack by ISIS, because we all know who funds them, and strongly condemn it.

You can bet both sides have already war-gamed this.

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SybilDefense mtndds Thu, 09/14/2017 - 20:57 Permalink

All my miners will be in the red by tomorrow as the country focuses on dinner plans with chuck n Nancy, or Hillary's new book blaming comey for being Russian.The MSM will spend a few secs on the bottom screen ticker tape saying nuclear war with NK is eminent but will talk all morning about feel good buy the dip tax reform.  Well it ain't coming so shut the F up.  The only thing that is coming is suppressed PMs and lofted ICBMs.Go America!  Play that funky music

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