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North Korea launches rocket in defiance of critics
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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

8:07pm EST

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: critics; defiance; japan; korea; launches; northkorea; rocket; waronterror
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And so many Iranians are there too?
1 posted on 12/11/2012 5:24:51 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Someone on Twitter reporting that it flew over Okinawa!


2 posted on 12/11/2012 5:26:16 PM PST by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

In response 100,000 S. Koreans burned the American flag and danced dumb dumb style.


3 posted on 12/11/2012 5:26:40 PM PST by DManA
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To: Sub-Driver

So did Japan try to shoot it down as promised?


4 posted on 12/11/2012 5:27:05 PM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: All

was it a Long Doung 2 or a King Dong 1?


5 posted on 12/11/2012 5:28:56 PM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


6 posted on 12/11/2012 5:30:34 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Sub-Driver

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.

It’s unsustainable.


7 posted on 12/11/2012 5:31:38 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Sub-Driver

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


8 posted on 12/11/2012 5:35:55 PM PST by jaz.357 (Welcome to hell. Here's your accordion.)
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To: Sub-Driver

A stern letter is being drafted at the White House.


9 posted on 12/11/2012 5:38:55 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: newnhdad

“was it a Long Doung 2 or a King Dong 1?”

No, it was a Long Duck Dong!


10 posted on 12/11/2012 5:39:11 PM PST by vette6387
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To: jaz.357

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.


11 posted on 12/11/2012 5:42:35 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


12 posted on 12/11/2012 5:43:42 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Sub-Driver
North Korea launches rocket in defiance of critics

Wow...and to think that "harsh language" had no effect on communists!

13 posted on 12/11/2012 5:44:01 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Viennacon
Unfortunately, we’re all sanctioned out with the Norks. Nothing more we can do.

Every year we give them cheap wheat and other grains for the promise not to do this again. Every year.

14 posted on 12/11/2012 5:46:35 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Sub-Driver

http://mybroadband.co.za/photos/data/500/medium/538413_338495302883215_909206288_n.jpg


15 posted on 12/11/2012 5:55:36 PM PST by davetex (Sick of moochers)
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To: Sub-Driver; All

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.

http://38north.org/2012/12/sohae121112/


16 posted on 12/11/2012 5:56:47 PM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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To: Kozak

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.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-12-11/north-korea-launches-missile-towards-japan-passes-over-okinawa


17 posted on 12/11/2012 5:57:18 PM PST by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: vette6387

18 posted on 12/11/2012 5:58:27 PM PST by EEGator
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To: vette6387

19 posted on 12/11/2012 5:58:41 PM PST by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: davetex

Ahem! That’s one of our Tritan tests, and yes Gorbachev had a great zinger to daddy Bush about it!


20 posted on 12/11/2012 6:00:51 PM PST by 4FreeSpeach
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To: EEGator

Great minds think alike, only yours thinks 14 seconds quicker...


21 posted on 12/11/2012 6:01:54 PM PST by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: GalaxieFiveHundred

I had a lot of coffee today.


22 posted on 12/11/2012 6:04:15 PM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator
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23 posted on 12/11/2012 6:11:20 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SkyDancer

I didn’t know cats did Long Duck Dong impressions.

Is that cat alive?


24 posted on 12/11/2012 6:13:55 PM PST by EEGator
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To: 4FreeSpeach

It’s still funny though!! Come on!!

LOL


25 posted on 12/11/2012 6:15:41 PM PST by davetex (Sick of moochers)
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To: EBH

Knew the Japanese wouldn’t shoot it down . All talk and no action .


26 posted on 12/11/2012 6:15:48 PM PST by sushiman
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To: Sub-Driver; TigerLikesRooster

I hope Miss Park wins their election because that other guy is a “Be more like North Korea” kind of person


27 posted on 12/11/2012 6:16:21 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Viennacon

we have given the North-South Joint Industrial area most favored nation trading status. It is IN North Korea.


28 posted on 12/11/2012 6:18:34 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: EEGator

Dunno - dog is walking around the house with this funny look on his face.


29 posted on 12/11/2012 6:29:12 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Did they point it towards the sky?


30 posted on 12/11/2012 6:37:32 PM PST by Route395
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To: newnhdad

It was a Long Dong Donkey Type 10...


31 posted on 12/11/2012 6:39:10 PM PST by Route395
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To: doc1019

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......


32 posted on 12/11/2012 7:12:03 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Sub-Driver

33 posted on 12/11/2012 7:19:03 PM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: sushiman

From Stratfor:

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.


34 posted on 12/11/2012 7:26:39 PM PST by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: gaijin

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.


35 posted on 12/11/2012 7:42:49 PM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Your tattoo looks stupid.)
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To: penelopesire
Someone on Twitter reporting that it flew over Okinawa!

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?

36 posted on 12/11/2012 7:44:28 PM PST by ProudFossil (" I never did give anyone hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." Harry Truman)
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To: ProudFossil

Thank you for your report. Scary indeed!


37 posted on 12/11/2012 8:06:29 PM PST by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Fat Boy’s Long Dong


38 posted on 12/11/2012 8:21:06 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: sushiman
Knew the Japanese wouldn’t shoot it down . All talk and no action

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.

39 posted on 12/11/2012 9:01:10 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Sub-Driver.


40 posted on 12/11/2012 9:11:57 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
A stern letter is being drafted at the White House.

Oh? To whom? And what's is about, a ship's rear end?

I have no faith in the fool in the white house.....

41 posted on 12/11/2012 9:25:19 PM PST by Loud Mime (Conservatives refused to unite; now we pay the price!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

42 posted on 12/11/2012 9:27:37 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: ProudFossil
From the Yomiuri: As Pyongyang predicted, the first object apparently fell into the Yellow Sea off the western coast of South Korea, and the second object fell into the East China Sea and the third object fell into the Pacific, 300 kilometers east of the Philippines, according to Fujimura.

If this is true, it's the furthest the Norks have been able to reach. Nothing to laugh about.

43 posted on 12/11/2012 10:01:02 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

These are not missiles for South Korea. Lots of South Koreans are worth more than your dime and your painted fingernails.


44 posted on 12/11/2012 10:06:19 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: Strategerist

Then why did they threaten to shoot it down ?


45 posted on 12/11/2012 11:13:28 PM PST by sushiman
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“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.”


46 posted on 12/12/2012 12:49:26 AM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: EEGator

Sorry; you're a present day alien...



47 posted on 12/12/2012 4:38:17 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: GalaxieFiveHundred

So do small ones...


48 posted on 12/12/2012 4:39:14 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: sushiman
Then why did they threaten to shoot it down ?

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.

49 posted on 12/12/2012 5:22:19 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: VanShuyten

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.


50 posted on 12/12/2012 5:33:45 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Your tattoo looks stupid.)
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