Russia: We’re Not On High Alert Over North Korean Rocket Launch

In stark contrast with ROK, Japanese and U.S. military reactions, Russia remains off-alert in face of DPRK rocket launch plans.
December 11th, 2012
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In stark contrast to reports that Japan has ordered its military to prepare to shoot-down a North Korean rocket if it threatens their national territory, Russia has today said it has no plans to put its missile defense forces on high alert. And unlike ROK and U.S. forces also on high alert, Russian Aerospace Defence Troops remain off-alert, instead having plans to monitor the upcoming launch of North Korea’s rocket from afar.

With a planned trajectory due south, North Korea’s rocket launch seems unlikely to enter Russian Chinese aerospace.  Answering a question by Interfax-AVN on whether missile units of the Air and Missile Defence in the Far East would be put on high alert, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Col-Gen Oleg Ostapenko said: “I do not see a reason.”

“Moreover, the North Korean rocket is not able to solve tasks against which our Missile Defence system was created,” he said.

Speaking about what Russia’s Aerospace Defence Troops plan doing regarding the upcoming launch of the North Korean rocket, Ostapenko said: “We will monitor this work.”

“In any case missile attack early warning systems and the system to control space will work. We will work,” he said.

In other news, the latest reports from South Korea suggest that North Korean technicians are disassembling the rocket to solve a technical problem that will potentially delay launch until December 29.

North Korea reported that the rocket, which it said would take a satellite into orbit, will be launched before 29 December.

Quotes from AVN Mlitary News Agency

 

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Chad O'Carroll

Chad O'Carroll has written on North Korea since 2010 and writes between London and Seoul.