North Korea's official news agency said Tuesday that the communist nation would view any interception of its next month satellite launch by Japan as an aggressive act, and warned that it would respond to any such move with its most powerful military means.
If Japan shot down the satellite, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) went on, our military will consider it as gunfire from the war criminal Japan that signals a re-invasion 60 years after World War II.
Pyongyang's military would mercilessly crush all interceptors... with our most powerful military means, it added.
The warning came as Japan's law-makers Tuesday passed a resolution denouncing the planned launch as a threat to peace in Northeast Asia. It also came as Japan, particularly concerned about the launch because the multi-stage rocket is expected to pass over its airspace, deployed land- and sea-based anti-missile systems to try to bring down the rocket, should it start plunging toward Japanese territory.
Pyongyang is proceeding with the preparations for the launch of what it says is a communications satellite sometime between April 4 and April 8 that the United States, South Korea and Japan suspect is a test of its long-range Taepodong-2 missile.
North Korea is forbidden from undertaking any ballistic missile activity under a U.N. Security Council resolution.
Earlier, the Communist nation warned that the first booster rocket was likely to plunge into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) off Japan's northern Akita prefecture, while the second-stage rocket would drop into the Pacific Ocean between Japan and Hawaii.
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