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North Korea threatens war over rocket

2012-04-06 11:00

Seoul - North Korea warned it would retaliate against any country that shoots down a rocket it plans to launch this month, saying it would consider it "an act of war".

Whoever "intercepts the satellite or collects its debris will meet immediate, resolute and merciless punishment", the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea warned in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency late on Thursday.

South Korea and Japan have prepared to shoot down the rocket if it passes over their territory.

North Korea said it would launch an Earth observation satellite on board the rocket between April 12 and 16 to commemorate the centenary of the birth of its founder, Kim Il Sung, on April 15.

However, other countries - including South Korea, Japan and the US - have warned that the launch could be a cover for a ballistic missile test and would violate UN resolutions.

Pyongyang said the launch from its east coast near the Chinese border would send the rocket away from neighbouring countries. Seoul said it expected the rocket's boosters to fall into international waters.

The statement also contained a warning directed at South Korea, saying an attack by it on Pyongyang would mean the "end of everything in South Korea".

North Korea "will mete out the unimaginable and the most miserable punishment to its rival if it dares fire into the sky above [North Korea], Pyongyang in particular", the statement said.

Comments
  • Evan - 2012-04-06 11:13

    Just shoot the F'ing thing down! NK think they are above international laws!

      Mark - 2012-04-06 11:41

      @ Shinuhardy - you are an ignorant fool

      Evan - 2012-04-06 11:44

      @Shinuhardy - This article is about North Korea and not about Israel, Pakistan, Iran or your mother. Stick to the story you twit!

      warren.pelser - 2012-04-06 11:49

      Couldn't agree more mate! They NEED to be put in their place!

      Slick - 2012-04-06 11:57

      hahahah @ Shinu mullet head, the Zionists cld take Iran and similar cloth head countries and North Korea out in a bat of an eyelid, and they will soon enough lmao!!!

      Fidel - 2012-04-06 13:41

      Well said Shinu!

  • gillian.sabino1 - 2012-04-06 11:25

    South Korea must fire a rocket North East, where the international waters exceed the lenght of North Korea, just to show that it can reach anywhere in the peninsula. The exercise should include the USA, Japan and others in the group of 6, in a show of solidarity against evil.

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-04-06 11:27

    Hopefully whoever is calcutating that rocket's trajectory wont screw up (''whoops! My bad, I rounded to four significant figures - like I was taught in school - and now the rocket's 5 metres over South Korea's air space. Guess we're screwed?'')

      Slick - 2012-04-06 12:19

      Why not fire it at the RSA ,...maybe from the ruin and destruction the country has been subjected to by the ANC and its communist comrade countries for so so long....it will be in the best interest for all the RSA citizens.. that's ALL citizens!! So we can ALL start a fresh away from the tyranny, corruption,pillage and abuse, we are all being subjected to by the... ANC = AFRICAN NATURAL COMMUNISTS and its BIGOT communist comrade countries.... Sooo!!! Viva FREEDOM... Vivaaaaa the WEST... VIVA like minded Eastern Block Countries... VIVA.... Viva Colonialism ...VIVA!!! FREEDOM is coming!!! Vivaaaa!!! PANZI ANC AND CHINA AND NORTH KOREA AND IRAN AND LIKE COUNTRIES , PANZIIIII!!

  • Spyker - 2012-04-06 11:29

    Ha, ha, ha, ha... They cannot even feed their own people - viz their new backward fat little retard (aka "Supreme Leader") had to go on his knock-knees begging the USA for food-aid. North-Korea threatening to attack someone, is a bit like Mugabe threatening an air-assault against the USA or Umkhonto we Sizwe claiming any military victories - it is a pathetic joke. I am sure the US, Japan and South Korea must really be shivering... In fact one almost wishes N/Korea would attack - this way its people can be saved from the tyranny of the North Korean regime. It is worth noting: a regime that received overt (formally written) support from the ANC - by a script forwarded by the ANCYL.

      Slick - 2012-04-06 11:53

      Spyker I couldnt have said it better myself, ^5s.... and the ANC is pooping in their panties now the USA and others are building Military bases in Bot's ,lmao...

      Fidel - 2012-04-06 13:16

      You seem to be real "keyboard warriors". The folk sitting safe at their keyboards are unlikely to want to shed blood for political change. It all sounds wonderful but they are too comfortable. Let me guess, you think drones are really cool, right? Western agents!

  • Morne - 2012-04-06 11:29

    Why cant they test the rocket within the boundry of their country!?.It sounds more that they are stirring for trouble!

  • jorg.gurtler - 2012-04-06 11:32

    Amazing how these words "immediate, resolute and merciless punishment" could be uttered by a group called the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea...Huh ?????

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-06 11:38

    Those who seen misunderestimate N Korea. If any war breaks out between S

      Bandile - 2012-04-06 13:17

      Come on, out with it. You are trying to say something, right? Don't MISUNDERESTIMATE yourself!

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-06 11:39

    Those who seen misunderestimate N Korea. If any war breaks out between S

      Mark - 2012-04-06 11:44

      You sound like an idiot - your comment makes no sense. N Korea is a failed state and can't afford a war - they couldn't manage a pissup in a brewery while S Korea has a powerful modern economy.

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-06 11:40

    Those who seen misunderestimate N Korea. If any war breaks out between S

      warren.pelser - 2012-04-06 11:56

      Chop!

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-06 11:40

    Those who seen misunderestimate N Korea. If any war breaks out between S

      tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-06 12:21

      Calling me names because my views are different from yours makes you a savage. Yes, I am a proudly African. That posting is not even complete the way I typed it. Seoul is very to N. Korea and it is my point that seoul would be in debris in less than a minute.

      tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-06 12:22

      Calling me names because my views are different from yours makes you a savage. Yes, I am a proudly African. That posting is not even complete the way I typed it. Seoul is very to N. Korea and it is my point that seoul would be in debris in less than a minute.

      Riaan - 2012-04-06 12:32

      I don't know what there is to be proud about. You can't even comment properly. Pasting the same sentence (?) over and over and writing gibber jabber is nothing to be proud about. Chop

      tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-06 12:49

      Riaan, you haven't said except attacking me personally which most people of do interracially. Challenge the subject matter because attacking me is not an issue here but an issue is about Seoul that is less than 120 km from N. Korea.

  • Bill - 2012-04-06 12:24

    I am constantly amazed by the species called human beings. War talk is so easy, especially for those that have never been in a war! 100 million people died in armed conflict during the 20th century, yet we still have people suggesting that going to war is a good idea! Not only are we set on ruining our planet, but we seem to thrive on violence to force our ideas on other people. Go and stand in the cemetery at Collville sur Mere in Normandy, or any of the other graveyards of the 1st or 2nd World War, count the graves, and then tell me war is a good idea! Nobody who has experienced the misery of war will ever suggest that armed conflict is a solution to anything.

  • Koos - 2012-04-06 12:27

    Get a fly swatter and take this little Chinese puppet out.

      morne.churr - 2012-04-06 12:59

      You people have NO idea what is really going on here in SK. Why don't you just keep to matters that you are fimilliar with and leave the rest to the East. USA have many armed forces in SK and backing them it seems. But one thing that is true what Tshiv said is that Seoul is the target. Seoul being so close to the Northern border is the only reason why SK isn't pushing anymore. They cannot afford to lose their capital or else the economy that has risen in the last 50 years will be destroyed with the falling of the SK capital. Please have some respect for those who live here and have to deal with the situation. Well said Bill, war is never the answer. So to all the uneducated posters I'd like to say. Wake up and be concerned about what's really going on. The story behind the story, not your idiotic views on political warfare and your comparisons to Zimbabwe or Israel.

      tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-06 13:10

      @ Morne, I am very much impressed with your view. Most of the people seem to spew their racial hatrence on this platform. When people are not familiar with ITR, it would be good for them to keep quiete than typing personal comments. US has weighed many options and they have realised that a military option couldn't be one of them in the near future. Sometimes emotions tend to override our thoughts.

  • Hussein - 2012-04-06 12:57

    Well i support....north korea...go ahead with ur plans..good luck north korea!

      cameronrh1 - 2012-04-09 09:02

      As would any other radical...

  • Jason - 2012-04-06 13:01

    Everyone seems to forget that N Korea is the largest missile manufacturer in the world. It would never be an easy conquest, this is no Iraq. Fact is through diplomacy they can achieve all their objectives. In terms of the ANC, they have always supported eastern tyranny because during the struggle they were supported by the same.

  • Ditiro - 2012-04-06 13:17

    test that rocket north korea i'm sick and tired of the US and its friends dictating who should and who should not have atomic bombs, pakistan one country i consider a terrorist country has nuclear power but no one says anything about em becuase they are friends with the US its ok for them, Saudi Aribia because they tip toe around the US they are left alone but iran needs democracy

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