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North Korea Warns Japan That Tokyo Will Be Its First Target



TOKYO – North Korea warned Japan on Friday that Tokyo would be its first target of a nuclear strike if it continued to maintain its hostile stance, reports Yonyap news agency.

North Korea criticized Tokyo’s standing orders to destroy any missile heading toward Japan, threatening that such actions would result in a nuclear attack against the nation, reports Yonyap.

This week Japan deployed Patriot PAC-3 antimissile defense units to three locations in and around Tokyo to defend against North Korean missile strikes, reports the Japan Times. One of the patriot batteries is located at the Defense Ministry, in the center of Tokyo, while the other two are located at military bases in the suburbs. The population of Tokyo’s greater population area is estimated at over 35 million people.

Earlier, Japan had deployed two Aegis destroyers in the Sea of Japan to monitor the launch of North Korean ballistic missiles, which Kim Jung-un threatened to use against the U.S. and South Korea. Aegis destroyers are equipped with SM-3 Interceptor missiles that are designed to intercept missiles after they have just been launched, while Patriot PAC-3 systems are designed to shoot down missiles that have evaded the SM-3 Interceptors, explains the Japan Times.

A North Korean Rodong missile aimed at the center of Tokyo would have a 50-50 chance of landing inside the Yamanote railway line that circles the city, according to the Diplomat.

Japan’s constitution forbids offensive military operations – that is why its army is called the “Self-Defense Forces” – but shooting down a North Korean missile would be considered a defensive measure. Prime Minister Abe said this week that the Japanese Self-Defense Forces were “taking every measure” to defend Japan.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Pride Or Politics? Why Poland Suddenly Turned Its Back On Ukraine

Poland has taken President Zelensky's criticism at the UN very badly, and has decided to not supply new arms to Ukraine. One man in the Kremlin couldn't be more pleased.

photo in front of flags Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Happier times: Polish President Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Lutsk, Ukraine, in July

Jakub Szymczuk / Kprm handout/via ZUMA
Pierre Haski


PARIS — Who could have imagined that the weakest link in support of Ukraine would be Poland? Since the start of Russia's invasion, Warsaw's commitment to Kyiv has been unwavering — initially driven above all by its unbound hostility towards Moscow.

That steadfast support of its neighbor is over now, and in a big way.

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The announcement in Warsaw that Polish arms deliveries to Ukraine were to be halted stunned all, and was accompanied by derogatory statements by Polish President Andrzej Duda towards Ukraine's leaders. He compared Ukraine to a desperate drowning man who would drag down those who tried to save him. Duda was also considered the most reasonable of the Polish populists — so that's the mood.

Poland had shown itself to be uncompromising in its support for Ukraine, and had even given lessons to more timid European countries on several occasions.

So why the U-turn? First of all, there are difficult general elections in Poland on October 15, and it's clear that the Law and Justice Party (PiS) in power in Warsaw will do everything possible to win.

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