Japan protests North Korea's satellite launch plan

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March 13, 2009 11:06

Japan strongly protested North Korea's planned satellite launch, warning Friday it could shoot down the rocket after Pyongyang said it would fly over Japan and designated a "danger" zone off the country's coast. North Korea has given UN agencies coordinates forming two zones where parts of its multiple-stage rocket would fall, unveiling its plan to fire the projectile over Japan toward the Pacific Ocean in the launch set for sometime between April 4-8. One of the "danger" zones where the rocket's first stage is expected to fall lies in waters less than 120 kilometers from Japan's northwestern shore, according to coordinates released by the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Maritime Organization on Thursday. The other zone lies in the middle of the Pacific between Japan and Hawaii.


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