NORTH Korea’s Kim Jong-un may be an unstable crazed dictator straight out of central casting – but he is a nuclear-armed unstable crazed dictator.
And today Japan took further steps to defend its people from attack by launching an advanced satellite system to spy on Pyongyang and the mad dictator’s seemingly unstoppable desire to start a self-destructive war.
From The Express
The same defensive move will be seen by North Korea, and it’s reluctant backer China, as provocation.
The Japanese H-2A rocket launched the Information Gathering Satellite Radar 5 mission at 1.20am today following the rogue state’s combined ballistic missile test days ago which was seen as a drill for a pre-emptive nuclear strike against a US military base close to Hiroshima.
The spy rocket blasted off with a precision Kim Jong-un would envy from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan.
IGS Radar 5 is a reconnaissance satellite mission for the Japanese government.
The launch was streamed live and YouTube and can be watched here.
The actual blast off is at 51.13.
The North Korean dictator’s latest attempt to destabilise East Asia saw a salvo of missiles follow co-ordinated flight paths before dumping in the Sea of Japan.
The missiles themselves were un-impressive – little more than a slightly modified version of the ageing Soviet SCUD.
But the move alarmed both the Japanese government as they realised North Korea could now launch a nuclear strike against one of its cities or a US military base such as the one about 30 miles outside Hiroshima, site of the world’s first nuclear strike in 1945.
And military experts warned the simultaneous, multiple-firing, which suggests advanced operational skill was the real geopolitical development.
Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary said: “The four missiles flew roughly 1,000km in an easterly direction, and if you draw a 1,000km semi-circle from the centre of North Korea, it means western Japan is in range. North Korea’s missiles are now a real threat.”
On Tuesday the US it deployed the 100,000-ton super-carrier USS Carl Vinson to Korean waters.
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