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After Rocket Crash, NK May Try Nuclear Test

From Reuters:

Embarrassed by rocket crash, North Korea may try nuclear test

By Maxim Duncan and Ju-min Park
April 13, 2012

PYONGYANG/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said its much hyped long-range rocket launch failed on Friday, in a very rare and embarrassing public admission of failure by the hermit state and a blow for its new young leader who faces international outrage over the attempt.

Have they blamed George Bush yet?

Still, why should they be embarrassed. They are at least trying to get into space. Which is more than can be said for our country under Barack Obama.

The isolated North, using the launch to celebrate the 100th birthday of the dead founding president Kim Il-sung and to mark the rise to power of his grandson Kim Jong-un, is now widely expected to press ahead with its third nuclear test to show its military strength.

"The possibility of an additional long-range rocket launch or a nuclear test, as well as a military provocation to strengthen internal solidarity is very high," a senior South Korean defense ministry official told a parliamentary hearing…

Why not. Setting off nuclear bombs isn’t rocket science.

The United States and Japan said the rocket, which they claimed was a disguised missile test and the North said was to put a satellite into orbit, crashed into the sea after travelling a much shorter distance than a previous North Korean launch

The North Koreans claim they were just trying to launch a weather satellite. If they had just said they were trying to measure global warming, nobody would have batted an eye. In fact, the US would have probably given them even more money.

In a highly unusual move, the North, which still claims success with a 2009 satellite that others say failed, admitted in a state television broadcast seen by its 23 million people that the latest satellite had not made it into orbit

"It could be indication of subtle change in the North Korean leadership in how they handle these things, something that may be different from the past," said Baek Seung-joo of the Korea Institute of Defense Analyses a thinktank [sic] affiliated with South Korean Defence Ministry.

"I mean it would have been unthinkable for them to admit this kind of failure in the past, something that could be seen as an international humiliation. The decision to have come out with the admission had to come from Kim Jong-un."

Wouldn’t it be nice to have leadership as honest as that in North Korea?

Embarrassingly, the rocket flew for just a few minutes covering a little over 100km to explode over a sea separating the Korean peninsula and China, far less than the last rocket in 2009 that travelled 3,800km, alarming Japan which it over-flew.

The launch is in breach of United Nations Security Council sanctions and drew condemnation from the United States, Russia, South Korea and Japan.

And what is even more embarrassing is the fact that Mr. Obama has given away our missile defense shield, so we don’t have anyway to protect ourselves from lunatics like the North Koreans.

But North Korea looks to have avoided the threat of fresh U.N. sanctions – which neighbor Japan is pushing for – after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that at talks with his Chinese and Indian counterparts they had agreed new sanctions would do nothing to help resolve the situation

And this is exactly the kind of cooperation from Russia that we bought by giving up on our missile defense.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 13th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “After Rocket Crash, NK May Try Nuclear Test”

  1. canary says:

    N Korea’s illegal ballistic rocket exploded 105 miles west of Seoul South Korea.

    So, it is possible it was shot down by South Korea before it hit them.

    Hopefully, it did not have chemicals of mass destruction poison which although N Korea meant to hit Seoul, S.Korea, any deadly chemicals could now be in sea.


  2. Astravogel says:

    The Yellow Sea is rather shallow. Perhaps when the rocket’s remains
    are fished out some intelligence will be gathered. Another thought:
    Why are we feeding the Army of the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of
    North Korea? Our food aid certainly doesn’t go to the ordinary folk.
    Cut it off, let China take care of their puppy.

  3. canary says:

    Astravogel, the U.S. has also been sending Iran enough wheat to last them a year to compensate for sanctions. No telling what else were smuggling to Iran with all that wheat.

    We started feeding N Korea after Obama came in they shot off the one nuclear rocket. That’s when N. Korea called Obama and Hillary’s bluff.

  4. yadayada says:

    we’ve had the ability to kill rockets by stealth means for nearly two decades. the little tyrant (the n. korean one) really never had to admit a failure.

  5. canary says:

    Iran missiles have been stopped by hacking their computerization. Not good U.S. lost 2 highest tech spy drones to Iran. Did Iran destroy them, or did the U.S. destroy them. Can Iran learn our technology from the 2 that failed. Some say Iran’s kiddie ride looking green sea planes (people have to man them) might be more dangerous then they look. Probably just toy planes for suicide bombings, which would beat using cars.

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