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What's the point in shooting down space debris?
I'm afraid this is more of a politics questions than a physics one, the main reason the Japanese are preparing to intercept the rocket (or its debris) if it approaches their territory is that they aren't convinced the North Korean launch is a peaceful one.
@DmitryBrant The scientific community certainly doesn't have to disprove every nut job out there, Physics SE however is a very good place for people to ask such questions. You seem to have a great answer to the question, please post it, and soon enough people googling for "exploding earth" will be reading your scientific answer instead of the crap Alenanno linked to (which currently shows up very near the top of search results).