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Tension Rises As North Korea Says ‘Satellite’ Launch Will Go Ahead

Tension Rises As North Korea Says 'Satellite' Launch Will Go Ahead

North Korea plans to launch "peaceful" satellite between April 12-16 to "to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of its founding president Kim Il-Sung," reports Japan Today. Elsewhere, a Space Daily account relates suspicions that "the United States and its allies see a disguised missile test in violation of UN resolutions." "Japan on Friday readied its missile defence systems to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it threatens the country...'I have ordered officials to prepare to deploy the PAC-3 and Aegis warships,' Japan's Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka told reporters, referring to surface-to-air missiles and destroyers carrying missiles," as reported in another Space Daily article, "Japan prepares defences against N. Korean rocket." Tensions are high and may provide further drama next month.

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