Saturday, July 4, 2009

North Korea Fourth of July Anniversary

There have been many reports of the 4th of July North Korean missile threat, here are some of the articles:

Japan warns that North Korea may fire missile at U.S on Independence Day
North Korea may launch a long-range ballistic missile towards Hawaii on American Independence Day, according to Japanese intelligence officials.The missile, believed to be a Taepodong-2 with a range of up to 4,000 miles, would be launched in early July from the Dongchang-ni site on the north-western coast of the secretive country.

Is North Korea Prepping Forth of July Fireworks?
North Korea fired off a pair of short-range missiles today — Reuters is now reporting a third — and speculation now centers on whether Pyongyang is planning a more dramatic test of a long-range missile that could, in theory, reach Hawaii.Three years ago, North Korea ratcheted up tensions in the region with a series of missile tests, including the launch of a long-range Taepodong-2 ballistic missile. That Taepodong-2 launch was a failure: The missile cracked up less than a minute after launch, but the North Koreans continued to pursue intercontinental ballistic missile technology.

US 'ready' for N. Korean missile
U.S. missile defenses are prepared to try to knock down the last stage of a Taepodong-2 missile that North Korea is expected soon to launch if sensors detect the weapon threatens U.S. territory, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command told The Washington Times."The nation has a very, very credible ballistic-missile defense capability. Our ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California, I'm very comfortable, give me a capability that if we really are threatened by a long-range ICBM that I've got high confidence that I could interdict that flight before it caused huge damage to any U.S. territory," said Air Force Gen. Victor E. "Gene" Renuart, Northcom commander.
the washington times

Obama: US "Fully Prepared" For North Korea Missile Launch
President Barack Obama said the United States is "prepared for any contingencies" involving North Korea _ including the regime's reported threat to launch a long-range missile toward Hawaii. Japanese media have reported the North Koreans appear to be preparing for a long-range test near July 4. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered additional protections for Hawaii in case a missile is launched over the Pacific Ocean."This administration _ and our military is fully prepared for any contingencies," Obama said Friday during an interview with CBS News' Harry Smith, to be broadcast Monday on "The Early Show.""I don't want to speculate on hypotheticals," Obama said. "But I want ... to give assurances to the American people that the t's are crossed and the i's are dotted in terms of what might happen."
The Huffington Post

Everyone seems to forget though that they are marking the 15 year anniversary of Kim Il-sung's "Eternal Leader" death by testing a Taepodong-2 missile either between July 4th and July 8th. On top of that a month ago North Korea put out a international directive under international law that they are going to test the Taepodong-2 missile. It is not the first time they test fire a Taepodon-2 missile, remember in 2006 the it exploded 40 seconds after it was launched. The Washington Times is stating the the U.S is ready like it is being aimed directly to Hawaii. Ready to shoot down the missile? Look at the big picture, if this missile is brought down what would happen? You know that answer to that question. So i think the media are acting like provocateurs to this whole missile situation because this is the same media that tells you polar bears cant swim. This is just a big diversion! It is important to do your own research and not just depend on the mainstream media to tell you the truth.

North Korea May Be Preparing Another Rocket Launch
While some reports have speculated that North Korea may launch a missile attack on Hawaii, according to David Wright, co-director of the Union of Concerned Scientists Global Security Program, such an attack seems highly unlikely.

The failure of its April launch to place a satellite in orbit suggests that North Korea might intend another satellite launch using the same kind of launch vehicle, the Unha-2.

Analysis based on information from the April test has led to better understanding of North Korea's rocket capability, Wright said. That analysis shows that the Unha launcher represents a significant advance over North Korea's previous launchers. It would have the capability to reach the continental United States with a payload of 1 ton or more if North Korea modified it for use as a ballistic missile.

However, the Unha launcher appears to be constructed from components that were probably not manufactured in North Korea, he added. It is likely that these critical rocket components were acquired from other countries, and in particular from Russia. If this is true, it could mean that North Korea's missile capability could be significantly constrained if it can be denied further access to such components.
Union of Concerned Scientist

No, I am not on N.Korea side! I just like to state the facts.


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