Japan has put its military on alert for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch, following increased activity at the Sohae satellite launch facility, indicating that Pyongyang may be preparing for a test firing, according to Japanese officials.
“Increased activity at North Korea’s missile site suggests that there may be a launch in the next few weeks,” a source told Reuters.
Japan’s Minister of Defense Gen Nakatani ordered Aegis destroyers in the Sea of Japan to be ready for any North Korean projectiles, but it’s not clear whether the destroyers have been deployed.
North Korea’s continued belligerence is alarming, but it’s never clear what to expect from Pyongyang. Will the test be remotely successful? Will they even conduct a test? These are unknowns, and could remain so for some time—or not.
Nevertheless, one thing is clear: When North Korea makes an aggressive move, China loses. By scaring its neighbors, Pyongyang gives Japan and South Korea a reason to militarize.