North Korea Threatens War Against Japan Over Missile


March 31 (Bloomberg) -- North Korea’s government vowed to wage war against Japan if Japanese defense forces try to shoot down a missile that the communist nation says will carry a communications satellite.

“Should Japan dare recklessly to intercept the DPRK’s satellite, its army will consider this as the start of Japan’s war of reinvasion more than six decades after the Second World War,” the official Korean Central News Agency said today in an e-mailed statement. North Korea is also known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada on March 27 ordered his forces to shoot down any North Korean object entering his country’s airspace and deployed guided-missile units around Tokyo. Japan, along with the U.S., China, South Korea and Russia, want to forestall North Korea’s plans to launch what the government in Pyongyang calls a “peaceful” satellite and refocus on efforts to end its nuclear program.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today North Korea’s rhetoric toward Japan “regarding the Japanese right to defend itself” is an “unfortunate and continuing example of provocation.”

Speaking at a news conference in The Hague, Clinton reiterated that North Korea would face consequences at the United Nations for a missile launch.


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