Topic: N.Korea Satellite Launch
MOSCOW, March 31 (RIA Novosti)
The Japanese destroyer Kirishima on Saturday left the Yokosuka base in Kanagawa Prefecture for the East China Sea ahead of a planned rocket launch by North Korea, Kyodo News reported.
The Kirishima, equipped with sea-based interceptor missiles, will deploy with two other warships to shoot down the rocket in space if it begins falling on Japanese territory.
Ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors will also be deployed on Miyako Island, Okinawa Prefecture, the agency said.
Pyongyang says the rocket will put an earth observation satellite into orbit.
The U.S. has said the launch would violate a UN Security Council resolution and constitute a missile test. Japan and South Korea have also condemned the launch.
North Korean officials insisted the launch is part of a peaceful space program and said the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite will circle along the solar synchronous orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers for two years.
The launch, scheduled to take place between April 12 and 16, is intended to mark the 100th birthday of the nation's late founding leader Kim Il-sung.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Traditional Hutsul Wedding in Western Ukraine
Infographics: Jeans: From Classic Designs to Extreme Incarnations
Cartoons: Polar Explorer Day
The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.