This is basically a ballistic missile test so the North is trying to make it out that their primary reason for launching it is to put a satellite in orbit and not that they are testing improvements on their long range ballistic missile.
Japan is expressing increasing displeasure over the announced long range rocket launched April say Japan is considering if they should shoot the rocket down but such an action by Japan is unlikely since launch path is not going to take the rocket in any direction close to Japan unless their was a failure on the rocket that made the missile guidance go haywire.
South Korea is also now saying an April launch would be highly provocative of the North and South Korea may take steps.. The flight path would have it launching out over the west sea between the west and yellow sea, such a path could possibly result in booster stages falling into waters past the NLL and into South Korean waters.
German headline on n-tv more or less "North Korea trolls the West" as they now invited foreign journalists and "experts" to the launch after being critizied for it.
They may try something new this time but I do not think they will let reporters visit and take unrestricted photo's from the newly constructed launch site or inspect the rocket on the pad. but who knows they may just do that to show the site off. part of me is hoping they do because I would really like to see some ground photo's of the facility and tower to compare it with their other launch site.
Top countries that the North is most likely to invite experts and journalists from to attend the launch to provide an unbiased report on the launch: China, Iran, Pakistan.
oh yeah and Cuba also. Now lets see once they announce which countries are invited to attend the event how close our list is
It'd be sorta hilarious if we had an Aegis sitting over the horizon that popped it just as it crossed over the border.
That is a very real possibility, since the missile will be flying over the west sea and waters controlled by South Korea it would be possible to deploy a ship right on the edge. Also the dropping of rocket stages into South Korean waters is basically the North saying we can use your air space and drop stuff in your waters and there is nothing you can do about it..
Part of me is hoping some of the booster stages do fall into the waters claimed by South Korea so that the US and South Korea can recover them for data collection and determining what changes and advancements have been made on the North's missile.
Also the North by the way they announced the launch may be angling to try and get the US to send a top level party to North Korea to attend next months celebration events as similar as happened in 1990 when Clinton sent top level State Department personal to North Korea for meetings such a move would a PR victory for the the North..
Japan to increase monitoring of launch site!
"We never know whether the satellite will really fly toward the Yellow Sea. In addition, some of Japan’s remote islands are in the area," a Defense Ministry official said.
Basically Japan is uneasy since the North at this point may say they will be firing in a SW direction but they may in the start of April announce that they will use their regular flight path instead do to weather conditions. And if any attempt is required to shoot the rocket down correct information is needed on were to best deploy the assets to attempt to knock the rocket out when it is launched.
After a day since their first announcement the North Korean goverment through their state media has released a statement as reported by the AP
Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said Sunday such criticism is a "sinister" provocation by "hostile forces."
It says North Korea has a right to peaceful development in space.
The North says the hostile forces are "sadly mistaken" if they think it will cancel the launch plans.