North Koreans test fire missiles
Whether they are long or short range missiles, it doesn’t really matter. What is the point of it?
North Koreans will say they are doing the same thing the US or any other nation would do to practice, test, and be ready to protect their nation. However, when the missiles are long-range, capable of reaching Japan, or flying in foreign nations’ air space, that is 1) cause for alarm, and 2) cause to shoot them down.
“Reports: North Korea Launches Short-Range Missiles
Two South Korean newspapers say North Korea has test fired two short-range missiles off its west coast.
The Chosun Ilbo says the two missiles launched Thursday were surface-to-ship missiles. The newspaper says it learned from an unnamed military official the launch was aimed at improving the missile's performance, and was unrelated to next month's scheduled rocket launch.
The JoongAng Ilbo newspaper carried a similar report.
North Korea says it will launch a long-range rocket from its west coast sometime in mid-April, with the aim of placing a weather satellite into orbit to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of founding leader Kim Il Sung. The United States and other Western nations say the launch is being used by Pyongyang as an excuse to test its long-range ballistic missiles, an activity that is banned under U.N. sanctions.
Japanese Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka issued an order Friday for the military to shoot down the rocket if flies over Japan.
Japan issued a similar order in 2009 when North Korea conducted its last long-rang missile test, but did not attempt to shoot the rocket down.”