The South Korean government has threatened to shoot down a North Korean rocket due for launch in April. The rocket mission has sparked international controversy, the US labeling it a test for a long-range missile that could carry nuclear warheads.
"We are studying measures such as tracking and shooting down [parts] of a North Korean missile in case it strays out of its normal trajectory" and violates South Korean airspace, said Yoon Won-shik, a spokesman at the South's Defense Ministry.
He described the launch as a “reckless and provocative act that undermines peace on the Korean peninsula.”
Japan has also rattled the saber, saying it will shoot down the missiles with AEGIS warships if the rocket threatens their country.
The international community has condemned the launch amid calls from the US and South Korea to abort the mission immediately.
Washington suspects that North Korea’s rocket launches are a front for the testing of nuclear warhead delivery methods.