I believe North Korea better take a step back before combining bellicose verbiage with its budding rocket and nuclear weapon technologies. Here's why:
Japan on Sunday launched two satellites to strengthen its surveillance capabilities by keeping a closer eye on North Korea which will, no doubt, stage further nuclear tests.
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One of the rockets was a radar-equipped unit to complete a system of surveillance satellites that will allow Tokyo to monitor any place in the world at least once a day. The other was a demonstration satellite to collect data for research and development. Japan's H-IIA rocket is designed to launch very heavy satellite payloads into orbit, and modifying them to accurately deliver nuclear payloads is well within Japan's capability to do so...rapidly, especially if N. Korea continues to threaten them (See video below).
Japan is capable of surpassing N. Korea in missile
and nuclear weaponry technology.
Production and management of the H-IIA shifted from JAXA to MHI on April 1, 2007. Flight 13, which launched the lunar orbiter SELENE, was the first H-IIA launched after this privatization unfolded.
The rocket flew as planned and released both satellites, according to statements made by JAXA. From an altitude of several hundred kilometres, the radar satellite will be able to detect objects on the ground as small as a square metre, including at night and through cloud cover. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has taken a hardline stance on North Korea, hailed the successful launch. "The government will make the most use out of the system... in order to enhance our country's national security and crisis management," he said, according to national broadcaster NHK.
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Japan developed a plan to use several satellites as one group to gather intelligence in the late 1990s as a response to a long-range missile launch by Pyongyang in 1998. The space agency said that the radar satellite would be used for information-gathering, including data following Japan's 2011 quake and tsunami, but did not mention North Korea by name.
But, the launch came as Pyongyang vowed to carry out more rocket launches and a third nuclear test in protest at tightened UN sanctions over its banned launches. N. Korea launched two long-range rockets; the first failed in April but the second in December flew over the southern Okinawa island chain, jangling nerves in Japan.
I believe that Japan has no choice but to pursue further development in ICBM and nuclear weapons development. North Korea is lying when it claims the rocket launches are peaceful attempts to put a satellite into orbit. In reality, they are disguised ballistic missile tests. I hold no hope for peaceful coexistence with Kim Jong-Un, who inherited his "throne" from his father Kim Jong-II. He knows nothing of the art of diplomacy and the cronies from his father's era have, literally, choreograph him. Just another clone.
North Korea will continue to be a growing regional threat until its nuclear weaponry and rocket technology eventually mesh into a functioning whole...which eventually will happen. Then, the despotic regime will grow from a regional threat...to a global one.
As the world looks forward to more of Kim Jong-Un's rocket launches and nuclear tests, his country will continue to be a source of regional and eventual global instability. Japan has no alternative but to outpace North Korea in missile and nuclear weaponry development, which it can do rapidly. Perhaps, the U.S. could speed their nuclear weapons R&D a bit. What do you think? Please take the POLL and thanks in advance:
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy series Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean. The views expressed are his own and do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form