North Korea did go ahead with their missile launch against all warnings. Japan erroneously went on high alert and had to quickly rescind the national status. They were concerned that falling debris would hit their country. As it was North Korea’s missile launch sent debris into the Sea of Japan.
A report from Reuters has been published titled “World reaction to North Korea rocket launch” that relays comments from leaders around the world.
Additionally there is an article by Steve Herman on “Voice of America News/Tokyo” that indicates a nervous Japan erroneously went on high alert.
There has been a spate of articles about this North Korean missile launch.
Japan has called for a closed-door emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.
The most vocal countries condemning the missile launch are the United States, South Korea and Japan. Not surprisingly, Russia and China have asked for restraint.
North Korea has insisted that the missile firing was simply to put a satellite into orbit while other countries see it as a test as a long-range ballistic missile able to reach Alaska.
Japan has taken up unprecedented positions to shoot down missile debris coming too close to them.
Japan has backed off of their threat to shoot down the North Korean missiles. North Korea’s response was to say that shooting down their missile would initiate war.
This situation reminds me of the situation President Kennedy faced back in 1962 with the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The United States had backed a Cuban rebel attempt to overthrow the Fidel Castro Government that failed. As a result Russia promised weapons to Cuba for protection and began to ship missiles.
A United States spy plane took pictures of missiles being assembled in Cuba and Russia was continuing to ship more hardware.
After much debate and counsel, President Kennedy decided to place a blockade around Cuba to intercept Russian ships.
This was a situation where the two Super Powers on the heels of the Cold War were staring at each other eye-to-eye. Russia blinked.
After having stayed still in the water for some time, the Russian ships turned around.
This is widely believed to be the closest the countries of the world ever came to destroying themselves.
North Korea is an isolationist and does not feel they have to answer to anyone about their actions. This missile launch can’t be ignored.