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Pyongyang warned that Tokyo would be its primary target if war broke out on the Korean Peninsula, if Japan maintains its “hostile posture.” It also threatened a nuclear strike against the island nation if it intercepts any North Korean test missiles.

In the comments, carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Friday, Pyongyang lambasted Tokyo’s standing orders to shoot down any North Korean missile heading towards Japan, Seoul-based Yonhap news agency reports.  The agency warned that any “provocative” intervention on the part of Japan would see Tokyo “consumed in nuclear flames.”


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“Japan is always in the cross-hairs of our revolutionary army and if Japan makes a slightest move, the spark of war will touch Japan first,” KCNA warned.

Speaking in Seoul alongside his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-Se on Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the rhetoric emanating from Pyongyang was “unacceptable.”

Kerry, who arrived in South Korea to kick off a four-day diplomatic tour in East Asia amidst rising tensions in the region, further insisted the international community “are all united on the fact that North Korea will not be accepted as a nuclear power.”

“I am here to make it clear today, on behalf of President Obama and the citizens of the United States and our bilateral security agreement, that the United States, will, if needed, defend our allies and defend ourselves.”

Kerry continued that any North Korean nuclear missile test would be “a huge mistake.”

“If (North Korean leader) Kim Jong-Un decides to launch a missile, whether it’s across the Sea of Japan or any other direction, he will be choosing willfully to ignore the entire international community.”

“It will be a huge mistake for him to do that because it will further isolate his country,” Kerry continued.

His comments mirrored statements made by President Barack Obama, who met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in the Oval Office on Thursday.

“We both agree that now is the time for North Korea to end the belligerent approach they have taken and to try to lower temperatures,” Obama told reporters.

“It’s important for North Korea, like every other country in the world, to observe basic rules and norms,” he continued.

A Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile launcher is refueled from a tank truck at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on April 11, 2013 (AFP Photo / Yoshikazu Tsuno)

 

Mounting Tensions

Kerry’s visit coincides with the disclosure of a US Defense Intelligence Agency report which says North Korea has the technological know-how to arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead.

The analysis, disclosed at a congressional hearing in Washington on Thursday, was rebuffed by Pentagon spokesman George Little.

Little argued “it would be inaccurate to suggest that the North Korean regime has fully tested, developed or demonstrated the kinds of nuclear capabilities referenced” in the DIA report.

The Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also concluded that the report was not in line with America’s other intelligence agencies.

“Moreover, North Korea has not yet demonstrated the full range of capabilities necessary for a nuclear armed missile,” Clapper continued.

On Wednesday, the South Korean military was put on high alert following intelligence reports from Seoul, Tokyo and Washington that a North Korean mid-range missile test could occur at any time.

Pyongyang is expected to launch its untested Musudan missile from its east coast. With a range of 1,800 to 2,180 miles, the missile could hit the Japanese mainland, as well as the Japanese island of Okinawa and the US territory of Guam.

On Friday, Japan announced it would permanently deploy Patriot missile interceptor batteries on Okinawa, where the United States currently has a total military deployment of some 50,000 personnel.

Japan had initially planned to station the missile batteries in March 2015, but now hopes to place them on the island later this month. Several other Patriot Advance Capability-3 missile interceptor were deployed throughout Japan during the past week to defend key military units and Tokyo.

The US for its part announced last week that it will soon deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) to Guam in response to North Korean threats.

The ongoing crisis on the Korean Peninsula was sparked in February, when North Korea conducted its third nuclear test. The launch was condemned by the United Nations and much of the international community, prompting the UN to approve a new round of sanctions in early March.

Pyongyang reacted to the sanctions by threatening to launch a nuclear strike against the US.

In late March, Pyongyang declared it had entered a state of war with its southern neighbor following an earlier decision to withdrawal from the 60-year armistice that ended the Korean War.

North Korea had previously threatened to pull out of the 1953 armistice if the South did not halt a joint annual military exercise with the US.

 

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  1. Think what you will of President Bush Jr. (I actually sort of liked him!),
    but he was bang on in dubbing Iran, North Korea an axis of evil. (Syria is very involved).
    This North Korean thing isn’t isolated, I believe it is part of a grand geopolitical chess game.
    North Korea lost two nuke scientists in the Fordo explosion in Iran, and Iran is feeling the heat of (effective) sanctions. Iran probably is trying to distract the West by getting North Korea to bluff hard (which could backfire), all the while going full speed ahead in its own program.
    Russia might have encouraged China to encourage North Korea to “act up” (China is ready to swoop into North Korea should the U.S.A. teach it the lesson it deserves)…, and who knows what other grand chess moves are being put in place by the Russia-China-Iran-Syria-North Korea axis.
    Israel will survive and defeat its enemies, no matter how advanced their chess skills are.

  2. It all feels contrived to me. The bankers need a big war to hide the reasons for the collapse and someone to blame it on. In steps N. Korea to conveniently provide just that in the nick of time. China massing on the border we are told. Not trying to talk them dowm. Both countries need a war it seems to hide the truth. Japan too maybe. They are a financial wreck thanks to their banks. This is what these asshole bankers do. Order the deaths of hundreds of millions every few generations to hide all their crimes and the govts. do what they are told to do. Here in the Americas we always think of the big wars in terms of  “OVER THERE”. This time we are the ones in the bankers cross hairs. Not just to send our boys to die so they can hide their crimes either. It could be our cities turned into so much rubble and ash. Our families turned into refugees. Starving, running in circles for a meal and shelter. We need to explain this to any one who will listen. Where are all the liberal million man rent a mobs today, the students? Why aren’t they in the streets right now protesting this? They’re waiting for their union leaders to call or something? That call isn’t coming! Where are all the “conservatives”? Just like most libs (who got the call to protest last time) they still beleive 911 was some jerk off in a cave and a hand full of arabs with box cutters! Facts & physics be damned. The testimonials of those who were there and lived through it be damned. The evidence of the truth, of the crime, confinscated, disapeared and locked away in the vaults of the National Security State! No demands by either camp to see everything! If we can’t have it, we should take it. The governments story was and still is good enough it seems. Good enough to allow atomic war over the globe because of what, a hanfull of arabs with box cutters?

    • Exactly Rockets…They & The Government are attempting to keep the people immersed with war and nothing about correcting the economy and they won’t they just might be planting the last faze of their wicked plans. One world government at the expense of the peasants (us) they want to control. Do you actually think they will want to see people become millionaires with precious metals. We are a very thin market here. People will not see what is about to happen until it’s too late. 

    • @NetRanger: I don’t think for a sec. that they will ever be satisfied with anything less than “every penny” in thier pockets, no matter how many innocents or others it takes! Evil fears strenth, that balance never changes. When you engage evil in any way you admit you’re weak and evil will press you even more.

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