|Dear Leader Kim Jong Un, the only fat guy in North Korea
You can be executed for calling Dear Leader, ‘fat” in the DPRK–
but I’m not in the DPRK.
Every time the DPRK wants the world to pay attention to them, they go through this process to remind people that they’re still around and are still willing to stir up trouble. It’s what they do.
But it may be different this time because the Japanese want to try out their new American anti ballistic missiles. The Americans would like to see the real-world test of the system as well. The Japanese are tired of taking crap from their North Korean neighbors. I sense a convergence of interests.
The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force also has destroyers equipped with Standard Missiles capable of shooting down a North Korean ballistic missile if it’s launched into the Sea of Japan. The question for the Japanese is whether the Navy or the Air Force will be able to paint the silhouette of a North Korean missile on the side of something. The competition is intense.
“It — the ‘satellite’ launch — actually means a ballistic missile launch,” Abe said during a meeting of the House of Representatives Budget Committee. “Following a nuclear test, it clearly violates UN Security Council resolutions and is a grave provocation to our country’s security.”
|JMSDF Ashigara (Murasame class destroyer)|
The Japanese are serious about shooting down a rocket or missile if it violates Japanese airspace over a major island. The deployment of PAC-3 anti-missile systems on Miyako or Ishigaki islands would indicate Japan might try to down the missile for violating the airspace of even the smaller islands. Prime Minister Abe at least has given himself and the Self-Defense Forces that option.
|Patriot PAC-3 Missile System|
It would be good practice for the PAC-3 teams, but the country would need to be prepared for North Korean retaliation. Civil defense measures would be ordered in both countries.