Shinzo Abe Threatens To Shoot Down NK Satellite Launch.
N K At It Again.
On the heels of the alleged hydrogen bomb test across the border in North Korea some time ago now in which the Americans said the explosion was too small to be a hydrogen bomb test comes the announcement out of NK that they are now going to launch an earth observation satellite.
This is not the first time of course the North Koreans have launched a satellite, if you cast your mind back to December 2012 NK then launched a communications satellite into space.
Of course Japan and South Korea who live in the same neighbourhood as NK are becoming rather jittery about NK's intentions. Shinzo Abe Japan's Premier has threatened to shoot down the NK launch should it come across Japanese airspace and likewise the South Koreans have warned the North not to play with fire in their quest to launch this satellite.
John Kirby from the US State Department has told the UN it needs to tell NK to stop what it is doing and the Chinese have told NK to settle down but NK has protested that as a sovereign nation it has the right to launch this satellite and pursue if it desires a space programme.
As we know Kim Jong - Un is quite a colourful character and the inheritor of an old school Soviet like Communist system in contrast to the more western orientated Chinese Communism of today.
The Korean war never really ended and it ended with all sides spying on each other by the 38th parallel and now and again flare ups between the North and South do happen. The Americans still have a substantial number of troops posted in South Korea and sometimes with all the other events going on in the world like the war against Islamic State or Putin's Russia we forget that the Korean Peninsula is still a powerkeg that could explode at any moment.