Here is more of the continuing escalation of hostilities around the globe since President Hussein took office. The world knows there is a power vacuum and evil forces in the world intend to fill it. For more on the back in November: "He [Obama] has a very different view of the
world. This view is anti-platonic. And I say that, not to be
condescending, but Plato said that the natural order of the world was
chaos, it was war—peace was a parenthesis, it had to be
achieved and worked at. I think in the Obama view that men like him
that are charismatic, articulate, they can change the world because
it's naturally a peaceful thing until people like George Bush rush in
and through their stubbornness—"smoke 'em out dead or
alive" vernacular—destroys it, but the fact of the
matter is the only reason there is any semblance of peace and
tranquility in the world today is because in places as diverse as the
Aegean, planes over-flying in Greek airspace daily, where there's
near fighting on Cypress, or whether we are talking about the Korean
Sea and the Philippines and Taiwan and South Korean democracies not
going nuclear because the United States is there, or whether Russian
ships keep out of Norway every hour—all of that is
predicated on the presence of the United States."
"They can call it a satellite or whatever, but it would be a violation" of a 2006 U.N. Security Council resolution banning Pyongyang from ballistic missile activity, Taro Aso said. "We protest a launch and strongly demand it be canceled."
Japan's coast guard and Transport Ministry issued maritime and aviation warnings, urging ships and aircraft to stay away from the affected regions.
Hisanori Iizuka, a spokesman for Japan Airlines Corp., Asia's biggest carrier, said the airline will reroute some flights during the April 4-8 period.
SEOUL, South Korea — Japan strongly protested North Korea's planned rocket launch, warning Friday it could shoot it down after the North said it would fly over Japan and designated a "danger" zone off the country's coast.
North Korea has given U.N. agencies coordinates forming two zones where parts of the multiple-stage rocket would fall, unveiling its plan to fire the projectile over Japan toward the Pacific Ocean sometime between April 4 and 8.
One of the "danger" zones where the rocket's first stage is expected to fall is in waters less than 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Japan's northwestern shore, according to coordinates released Thursday by the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Maritime Organization.
The other zone lies in the middle of the Pacific between Japan and Hawaii.
In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura told North Korea to abandon the launch and said Japan was ready to defend itself.
"Legally speaking, if this object falls toward Japan, we can shoot it down for safety reasons," he said.
Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said Japan would "deal with anything that is flying toward us. We are preparing for any kind of emergency."
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said
Thursday a North Korean satellite or missile launch would "threaten the peace
and stability in the region."
Though it is an international norm for
countries to provide such specifics as a safety warning ahead of a missile or
satellite launch, it was the first time the communist North has done so. It did
not issue a warning ahead of its purported satellite launch in 1998 over Japan
and a failed 2006 test-flight of a long-range missile.
The North's notification to the ICAO and IMO
underscores that it is intent on pushing ahead with the launch in an attempt to
gain greater leverage in negotiations with the United States, analysts say.
"They want to do the launch openly while
minimizing what the international community may find fault with," said Kim
Yong-hyun, a professor at Seoul's Dongguk University. "The launch will earn
North Korea a key political asset that would enlarge its negotiating
U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Wood
called the North's plan "provocative."
"We think the North needs to desist, or not
carry out this type of provocative act, and sit down … and work on the process
of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," Wood said.
Good luck with that. If Bolton couldn't do it — you think O-bambi can?
Analysts, including Kim, say a rocket launch
would raise the stakes as well as the benefits the impoverished nation might get
from negotiations with the U.S. and other countries trying to persuade it to
give up its nuclear weapons program. The North has repeatedly used brinksmanship
in the past as a negotiating tool to gain concessions and aid.
Separately, North Korea on Friday barred
overland border crossings for the second time this week, leaving hundreds of
South Koreans working at a joint industrial complex in the North stranded on
both sides of the border.
About 250 people, who are mostly South
Koreans but also include an Australian and two Chinese, had planned to return
Friday to the South from the complex in the North Korean border town of Kaesong,
South Korea's Unification Ministry said, adding that some 610 people were unable
to cross the border to the complex.
"Our government expresses our deep regret
over the fact that this kind of situation has been repeated," Unification
Ministry spokesman Kim Ho-nyeon told reporters.