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Posted on 12/11/2012 5:24:42 PM PST by Sub-Driver
North Korea launches rocket in defiance of critics
SEOUL (Reuters) - Isolated and impoverished North Korea launched its second long- range rocket of 2012 on Wednesday in what it said was a bid to put a satellite into space.
The North launched the rocket close to the first anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong-il and as elections loom in South Korea and Japan.
The launch, reported by South Korean media, was confirmed by South Korea's Defense Ministry.
Pyongyang says it is entitled to launch a satellite into space but critics say the rocket development is aimed at nurturing the kind of technology needed to mount a nuclear warhead on a long-range missile.
North Korea is banned from conducting missile and nuclear-related tests under U.N. sanctions imposed after its 2006 and 2009 nuclear tests.
The latest launch comes after a failed attempt in April that fizzled less than two minutes after blast-off.
Japan and South Korea put their armed forces on alert prior to the launch. The rocket is scheduled to pass between the Korean peninsula and China, with a second stage splashing down off the Philippines before launching the satellite into orbit.
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Someone on Twitter reporting that it flew over Okinawa!
In response 100,000 S. Koreans burned the American flag and danced dumb dumb style.
So did Japan try to shoot it down as promised?
was it a Long Doung 2 or a King Dong 1?
Surprisingly, an election is not looming in North Korea, and hasn’t been for decades.
Kim Jong Un is stroking his ego. Unfortuntely, we’re all sanctioned out with the Norks. Nothing more we can do.
In fact there are South Koreans who state that all the SK/NK friction is owing to US troops being stationed in SK.
While that is silly I am coming around to agreeing with them that we might be better off simply bringing our boys home.
Enforce SK borders while ignoring our own? I am hard-pressed to find a historical precident for that.
We just sent up the X-37B. Wonder why? http://www.wtsp.com/news/topstories/article/286637/250/Air-Force-sends-mystery-mini-shuttle-back-to-space
A stern letter is being drafted at the White House.
“was it a Long Doung 2 or a King Dong 1?”
No, it was a Long Duck Dong!
X-37B.. Wouldn’t surprise me if it has the capability of jamming the SH!T out of guidance systems and making rockets or airborne weapons systems fail. Or maybe it’s a killer satellite space plane.. Oh wait, I forgot who our President is.. Never mind.
Probably a mid range launch. They used to do this all the time. OH NO THEY’RE LAUNCHING IT AT HAWAII! Oh wait it only flew 500 miles.
Wow...and to think that "harsh language" had no effect on communists!
Every year we give them cheap wheat and other grains for the promise not to do this again. Every year.
Just today I read on 38 North Blog that they had removed the missile from the launch pad in order to repair it, something about bad weather damaging the missile on the pad.
The Japanese government, which put its armed forces on alert ahead of the launch, said the missile appears to have passed over Okinawa.
It said it had not attempted to intercept the rocket.
Ahem! That’s one of our Tritan tests, and yes Gorbachev had a great zinger to daddy Bush about it!
Great minds think alike, only yours thinks 14 seconds quicker...
I had a lot of coffee today.
I didn’t know cats did Long Duck Dong impressions.
Is that cat alive?
It’s still funny though!! Come on!!
Knew the Japanese wouldn’t shoot it down . All talk and no action .
I hope Miss Park wins their election because that other guy is a “Be more like North Korea” kind of person
we have given the North-South Joint Industrial area most favored nation trading status. It is IN North Korea.
Dunno - dog is walking around the house with this funny look on his face.
Did they point it towards the sky?
It was a Long Dong Donkey Type 10...
We should dump the wheat on them from 50,000 feet in steel barrels onto their dictator’s palace....
They want their wheat, give it to them......
The rocket North Korea launched Dec. 12 fell into waters off the Philippines, Yonhap reported, citing the Japanese government. South Korean President Lee Myung Bak reportedly has convened an emergency meeting of South Korea’s National Security Council in response to the launch
The North Korean government said its rocket launch Dec. 12 successfully sent a satellite into orbit, Yonhap News Agency reported
A Japanese government spokesman said Dec. 12 that North Korea’s rocket launch was “unacceptable,” Kyodo news agency reported. Japan requested that the United Nations call an emergency Security Council meeting, which a Japanese official said would probably be held late Dec. 12 at the earliest.
Time to renegotiate the treaty that keeps our troops in harms way on the Korean Peninsula. S Korea has twice the population and an economy exponentially bigger than the North. Let them take all the risks.
Not a single South Korean is worth one dime of my tax money and one fingernail of a US Soldier.
Confirmed. A very close friend of ours teaches in Okinawa. They implemented a warning message in the school system and I quote from her e-mail of just a few minutes ago:
"All cell phones started beeping ... when you open it...it says disaster..in English."
Scary world but then the great zero is in charge isn't he?
Thank you for your report. Scary indeed!
Fat Boy’s Long Dong
Neither us nor the Japanese have anything with any capability to intercept an orbital launch, or an ICBM in boost phase.
They couldn't have shot it down if they wanted to.
Oh? To whom? And what's is about, a ship's rear end?
I have no faith in the fool in the white house.....
If this is true, it's the furthest the Norks have been able to reach. Nothing to laugh about.
These are not missiles for South Korea. Lots of South Koreans are worth more than your dime and your painted fingernails.
Then why did they threaten to shoot it down ?
Radio enthusiasts hoping to listen to catch the sounds from the satellite can tune into 479MHz. North Korean officials say they will play music continuously on that frequency.
Sorry; you're a present day alien...
So do small ones...
They could have shot down a failed launch that was actually descending towards japan, or a stage that was falling towards Japan.
They couldn't do anything about stopping a successful launch.
Let the South Koreans spend their own dimes and their own blood in their own defense. I don’t ask they spend their treasures on my defense.
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