Matthew 24:6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
As North Korea gets ready for their new rocket launch they threaten “merciless punishment” for anyone who would shoot down their new missile.
Both Japan and South Korea have put their military on a standby basis and are prepared to shoot down the missile if it passes over their territories.
North Korea plans on a launch between April 12 and 16. If they fire this new rocket they will be in violation of U.N. resolutions.
David Cameron, the U.K. Prime Minister, will arrive in Japan for a timely two-day visit this week. Asian nations are currently reinforcing their security in response to a major buildup of China’s armed forces and the worrisome instability of North Korea. The North Korean missile issue is one that will loom consistently in the background during Cameron’s visit to Japan.
There will be an annual tri-lateral meeting in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo this weekend. The discussions will combine the foreign ministers of Japan, China and South Korea. The North Korean issues will dominate the agenda. China has been a benefactor of North Korea and they will more than likely be calling on Pyongyang to show restraint.
Meanwhile, the satellite imaging continues to prove that North Korea is continuing their preparations for launch, in spite of the U.N. mandates.
The second stage of the North Korean rocket is expected to come down in southern Ishigaki or the Okinawa region. Japan has sent hundreds of self-defense personnel and has deployed missile interceptors to seven locations in Okinawa and the Tokyo region, to intercept the rocket if necessary to prevent it from falling onto Japanese soil.