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Posted: 4/4/2009 7:32:13 PM EDT
North Korea Launches Rocket, Defying World Pressure
Saturday, April 04, 2009  


BREAKING NEWS —  North Korea defiantly carried out a provocative rocket launch Sunday that the U.S., Japan and other nations suspect was a cover for a test of its long-range missile technology.

Liftoff took place at 10:30 p.m. EDT Saturday from the coastal Musudan-ri launch pad in northeastern North Korea, the South Korean government said. In Washington, the State Department also confirmed the launch.

"We look on this as a provocative act," U.S. State Department spokesman Fred Lash said.


The rocket flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean, the Japanese broadcaster NHK said, citing its government.

"Our primary concern is to confirm safety and gather information," Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso told a news conference at his Tokyo office Sunday.

Resisting calls from President Barack Obama, Aso and Hu Jintao of China to call off the launch, North Korea had announced Saturday that preparations were complete to send communications satellite Kwangmyongsong-2 on a multistage rocket bound for the skies over Japan.

Tokyo deployed warships and Patriot missile interceptors off its northern coast to shoot down any debris that the North said might fall over the area.

U.S. and South Korean warships equipped with missile interceptors also plied the waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan to monitor the launch.

Russia, meanwhile, scrambled fighter jets to its Far East in case any debris hits its territory, Russian news reports said.

North Korea pushed ahead with the launch despite mounting international pressure to cancel a liftoff Obama warned Friday would be a "provocative" act.

South Korea, the U.S. and Japan said earlier in the week they would take North Korea to the U.N. Security Council for an act they say is banned under a 2006 resolution barring Pyongyang from ballistic activity.

Link Posted: 4/4/2009 8:20:29 PM EDT
What did you want the US to do?

Start the next Korean War by shooting it down?

The best thing we could do was let it launch and deal with N.K. after the launch.

Av.
Link Posted: 4/4/2009 8:45:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Avalon01:
What did you want the US to do?

Start the next Korean War by shooting it down?

The best thing we could do was let it launch and deal with N.K. after the launch.

Av.


We're probably not gonna do anything to them.
Link Posted: 4/4/2009 10:21:03 PM EDT
The good thing about this launch, if there is any thing good about it, is this; the stated objective from the north koreans as to how far their rocket would travel was far short of their goal.

They weren't even close.  Maybe next time eh?

BFC
Link Posted: 4/5/2009 2:47:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/5/2009 2:51:07 AM EDT by cougargnw]


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(CNN)[/span] –– American officials condemned the North Korean launch of a long-range rocket Sunday, with President Obama calling it a "provocative act."














A recent satellite image shows a rocket sitting on its launch pad in northeast North Korea.








The rocket, a Taepodong 2, was launched at around 11:30 a.m. local time Sunday (2:30 a.m. GMT) at a base in the northeastern part of the country. Officials in Washington, D.C., confirmed early Sunday that the rocket cleared Japan.





Preliminary data show that two objects, likely boosters from the rocket, apparently fell around Japan –– one in the Sea of Japan and one in the Pacific Ocean.





In a statement, Obama said the launch was "a clear violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718, which expressly prohibits North Korea from conducting ballistic missile-related activities of any kind." [span]
[span style='FONT-SIZE: 8pt'][/span][url=http://www.ar15.com/#cnnSTCVideo][span style='FONT-SIZE: 8pt; COLOR: #ca0002']Watch rocket's path over Japan »[/span][/url][/span]





"With this provocative act, North Korea has ignored its international obligations, rejected unequivocal calls for restraint, and further isolated itself from the community of nations," [url=http://topics.cnn.com/topics/barack_obama][span style='COLOR: #004276; TEXT-DECORATION: underline']Obama[/span][/url] said. "We will immediately consult with our allies in the region, including Japan and (South Korea), and members of the U.N. Security Council to bring this matter before the Council," Obama added. "I urge North Korea to abide fully by the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council and to refrain from further provocative actions."





North Korea said the rocket was launched to carry a satellite into space.





"Scientists and technicians of the DPRK have succeeded in putting satellite Kwangmyongsong-2, an experimental communications satellite, into orbit by means of carrier rocket Unha-2 under the state long-term plan for the development of outer space," KCNA, North Korea's news agency reported Sunday.







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South Korean Foreign Minister Yoo Myung-Hwan said Sunday: "for the time being it is believed that North Korea launched a satellite. But we have yet to determine whether it was a success or not."





However, United States, South Korea and other nations fear the launch could serve as a test for a possible missile with a warhead attached. [span]
[span style='FONT-SIZE: 8pt'][/span][url=http://www.ar15.com/#cnnSTCVideo][span style='FONT-SIZE: 8pt; COLOR: #ca0002']Watch the effect a rocket launch could mean to global community »[/span][/url][/span]





Despite criticism by the U.S. and other nations, plans to launch the rocket had been applauded by political parties and organizations in various countries, North Korea's news agency reported Sunday.





A secretariat of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union blasted the U.S. on Tuesday for its "outrageous interference in the internal affairs" of North Korea, the agency reported.





Trade organizations in the Czech Republic also hailed the projected launch, the agency reported.





Bruce W. Bennett, a research leader at the California-based think tank RAND Corp., said the launch was an attempt by the North Korean leader to appear in charge.





"[url=http://topics.cnn.com/topics/kim_jong_il][span style='COLOR: #004276; TEXT-DECORATION: underline']Kim Jong-il[/span][/url] has been in big trouble internally. He's appeared weak. This is a big success for him. He needs some way to demonstrate to the elites that he's in charge and still a powerful and capable leader," Bennett said. [span]
[span style='FONT-SIZE: 8pt'][/span][url=http://www.ar15.com/#cnnSTCVideo][span style='FONT-SIZE: 8pt; COLOR: #ca0002']Watch more about Kim Jong-il's life »[/span][/url][/span]





Lt. Gen. Henry Obering, a retired Pentagon official who was the director of the U.S. missile defense agency, said the launch exposes a flaw in diplomacy efforts.





"This shows the folly of using just diplomacy and sanctions," Obering said. "In the interest of our self protection and our allies, I think we need to be prepared when those sanctions don't work."





U.S. Rep. Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a statement late Saturday.
















"It is alarming that [url=http://topics.cnn.com/topics/north_korea][span style='COLOR: #004276; TEXT-DECORATION: underline']North Korea[/span][/url] carried out this missile launch in direct defiance of the international community," Berman said. "The test is an unnecessary provocation that raises tensions in the region, and I urge the North Koreans to stop using their missile and WMD programs to threaten their neighbors and the rest of the world."





An October 2006 United Nations resolution condemned North Korea for missile launches in the summer and a nuclear test that same month.
Newest word on the wire. So did this thing make it into orbit or not? Of course the norks are saying they have the death star in orbit, but no one else is confirming that this thing actually made it without terminal failure.

We should have shot the damn thing down



Link Posted: 4/5/2009 7:00:42 AM EDT
Recent news states that it did NOT get into orbit.

They might have a bit more leverage if they built something that worked.

Av.
Link Posted: 4/5/2009 12:35:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Avalon01:
Recent news states that it did NOT get into orbit.

They might have a bit more leverage if they built something that worked.

Av.


+1
Link Posted: 4/6/2009 4:53:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/6/2009 4:54:05 AM EDT by Agent_Funky]
Originally Posted By 0ldGuy:
Originally Posted By Avalon01:
Recent news states that it did NOT get into orbit.

They might have a bit more leverage if they built something that worked.

Av.


+1


Yup.....   By all accounts it was a failure, and by sitting back and letting em fail.......not only in their launch but in provoking a response.....N.K regime ends up on the back foot again.
Link Posted: 4/6/2009 5:24:36 PM EDT



Originally Posted By Agent_Funky:



Originally Posted By 0ldGuy:


Originally Posted By Avalon01:

Recent news states that it did NOT get into orbit.



They might have a bit more leverage if they built something that worked.



Av.




+1




Yup.....   By all accounts it was a failure, and by sitting back and letting em fail.......not only in their launch but in provoking a response.....N.K regime ends up on the back foot again.


It appears that they are getting better though.  The '98 launch was hilarious.



It's clear we didn't have many good options here.  You can't just shoot down an unarmed rocket that's stated as a satellite launch.  We all know that Satellite tech can be used for BM tech, but the reverse is true as well.



 
Link Posted: 4/15/2009 9:00:15 AM EDT
Obama will do nothing and will run to the UN for help in a meaningless resolution!
Link Posted: 4/25/2009 9:01:29 PM EDT
And we get to decide who is allowed to have a space program why?  Because we don't want them to have ballistic missiles like we do, or we don't want them to be able to launch satellites like we do?   Maybe we should not be so hypocritical and realize that other contries have as much right to develope these technologies as we do.  We should just quietly develope the technology to make their technology obsolete before they can finish it.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 6:23:09 PM EDT
We did something, we apologized.
That is all.
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