All last week the saber rattling by America and the Japanese was "if a missile is launched, it will be shot down." So I guess we know where both America and the Japanese stand when it comes to their threats against any countries launching missiles over their territory.
The North Korean missile flew directly over Japanese territory and not a finger was lifted to flip any switches to launch the much vaunted missile interceptor systems developed in America and in possession of the Japanese.(And reportedly on station and preparing to shoot down the Korean missile).
Nada, zip, zilch was the combined response of everyone. which means, the North Koreans will continue to carry out their launches until one day soon, they will attack South Korea, the Japanese and American assets in the region. Hells bells, they may even go after China....
North Korea has successfully launched a long-range rocket, defying international warnings.The Unha-3 rocket, launched at 09:49 local time (00:49 GMT), appears to have followed its planned trajectory, with stages falling in expected areas.
North Korea says a satellite has been placed in orbit; the US confirmed an object had been put into space.
South Korea, the US and Japan have condemned the launch as a disguised test of long-range missile technology.
A UN resolution passed in June 2009 after North Korea's second nuclear test banned Pyongyang from ballistic missile tests.
The US called it a "highly provocative act that threatens regional security", while UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said it was a "clear violation" of the UN resolution.