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North Korea Fires 7 Long Range Missiles

From Agence France-Pressee:

N.Korea test-fires seven missiles: S.Korea

by Park Chan-kyong – Sat Jul 4

SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea test-fired seven missiles off its east coast on Saturday, South Korean officials said, in an act of defiance apparently timed for the US Independence Day holiday…

The ballistic missiles — which the North is banned from firing under UN resolutions — were launched between 8 am (2300 GMT Friday) and 5.40 pm into the Sea of Japan (East Sea), Seoul military officials said.

It was the biggest salvo of ballistic weaponry since the North fired a long-range Taepodong-2 and six smaller missiles on US Independence Day in 2006.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said they had a range of between 400 and 500 km (250-312 miles) but declined to say what type they were. Yonhap news agency said they were either Scuds, or Rodong-1 missiles whose maximum range of 1,300 km had been shortened.

The North on Thursday test-fired four short-range missiles with a range of 120 km into the Sea of Japan.

The latest launches were seen as more provocative since the missiles could potentially reach most of South Korea, and possibly parts of Japan…

Defence analysts say the North has about 600 Scuds and another 200 Rodong-1 missiles, which could reach Tokyo.

Daniel Pinkston, senior analyst with the International Crisis Group, has said he had information from intelligence agencies that the North has assembled nuclear warheads for the Rodong-1

It’s clear the North Koreans have a thing for American holidays.

The ballistic missiles — which the North is banned from firing under UN resolutions…

Maybe the United Nations should put a carbon tax on ballistic missiles.

That would stop them.

(Thanks to Canary for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, July 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “North Korea Fires 7 Long Range Missiles”

  1. canary

    [From the Associated Press:]

    SKorea says NKorea fires 5 missiles off east coast July 4 2009

    By Kwang-tae Kim, Associated Press Writer

    SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea says North Korea has fired a fifth missile off its eastern coast.

    The Joint Chiefs of Staff says three missiles were fired early Saturday, the fourth at about noon and the fifth at 2:50 p.m. (0550 GMT).

    The launches come two days after North Korea fired four short-range missiles.

    South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quotes military officials as saying the missiles fired Saturday appear to be a type of Scud missile. South Korea’s military said North Korea’s Scuds are considered short-range…

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200.....Vhc2F5c25r

    Amazing when Iran’s Ahhamadman is selling nuclear supplies to North Korea, Obama’s presistance in Iran’s Madmen for America’s 4th of July birthday invitation to stay open, until a public outcry by America ended it.

    I guess Obombya madman and Iran’ Ahhamadman were going to celebrate together as N. Korea helped celebrate by shooting giant Firecrackers that Iran chipped in on.

    [From Reuters:]

    U.S. Pursues Firms With Ties to North Korea

    July 1 2009

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States said Tuesday that it had cracked down on companies involved in North Korea’s missile program and in purchases of equipment that could be used in a nuclear weapons program.

    The Treasury and State Departments said they had singled out Hong Kong Electronics of Iran and Namchongang Trading Corporation of North Korea under an executive order that would freeze any American assets and ban American companies from dealing with them…

    The Treasury Department said that it had singled out Hong Kong Electronics, which is located on Kish Island, Iran, because it had transferred millions of dollars of “proliferation-related” funds to North Korea from Iran.

    “North Korea uses front companies like Hong Kong Electronics and a range of other deceptive practices to obscure the true nature of its financial dealings, making it nearly impossible for responsible banks and governments to distinguish legitimate from illegitimate North Korean transactions,” Stuart Levey, under secretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement.

    The State Department described Namchongang as a “nuclear-related company” based in Pyongyang, the North’s capital.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07.....korea.html

    • bronzeprofessor

      yikes!

    • tranquil.night

      Canary what do you make of the reports of Soviet tech on the NorComs ICBMs? I don’t doubt it, first of all, but do you think they’re closer to hitting the West Coast than we know (or Bam will admit)?

      I’ll be honest, I don’t trust a single thing from the Government or the MSM anymore (either side). Facts are the only things acceptable at this point, and they’re hard to come by.

    • Liberals Demise

      You make a good point, t . n but if N. Korea does hit the West Coast Barry won’t have to deal with their unemployment problems and just may be able to spin the numbers into a positive upswing. That’s the ticket!!

  2. Enthalpy

    Now that they have shown us theirs, perhaps we should show them ours.

  3. Warmonger Infidel

    In honor defiance of the stupid threats perpetrated on the world by this little d*ckweed tyrant, Mrs. Warmonger and I have just scheduled our vacation, starting Tuesday, for Hawaii. I’m shaking in my work boots

    Fire away a**hat!.

  4. Rusty Shackleford

    Gee, it’s as if the UN is powerless to stop them.

    I suppose, God forbid, that if one should happen to reach, say…some US soil, I would guess that Blammo would apologize for it being in the way.

    He really doesn’t care that the Norks are firing off missles. Japan is probably totally pissed but, so far as I know, Blammo has never spoken to the Japanese about anything. Obviously, in his own words he’s “been too busy”.

    I guess it’s hard work to be the president, what with play dates for him and his “wife”; Making sure he’s placated terrorist leaders in the mid-east and now outing himself as a dictator-at-heart by getting chummy with El Guapo and the In-Fidel.

    Well, can’t say as we weren’t warned. He said “change” folks. I suspected all along this would happen…but noooOOOOOoooo the libs are so far up his deep, dark innards that they are blind to reality.

    I guess Blammo’d better get on the phone and schedule another apology to Wang Hung Lo, or whatever his name is. That’ll make ‘em stop for sure. Once the leader of North Korea really hears the strong, authoritative, nicotine-induced baritone of our beloved president, he’ll just HAVE to stand down from all these fireworks. He’ll……just……have…..to.

    (won’t he?)

    (sarcasm…..and more)

  5. MinnesotaRush

    News commentator: “And today, in a usual gesture of goodwill and international grace, barack o-blah-blah used his expanded presidential powers and issued an executive order to reimburse North Korea for the missiles they shot off to celebrate our 4th of July.”

    “Uhhh .. I think .. uhhh .. being as though the North Koreans .. uhhh .. were so nice in their gesture of .. ahhh .. ahhh .. honoring our special day of celebration of .. uhhh .. uhhh .. errrr .. right .. our Independ .. oh yeah .. our Independence .. we are obligated to apoligize for our past indisgressions we’ve committed against the very nice people of North Korea, and uhhhh .. extend this reimbursement as a sign of our undying interest in becoming friends .. uhh .. global citizen buddies!”, o-blah-blah was quoted to say.

    “Matter of fact,” o-blah-blah continued, “to convince our short friends across that ocean thing that we really want to do them no harm and be best-a-pals, I’m gonna send them .. errrr .. ahhhh .. all those hot dogs we didn’t serve our Iranian friends AND .. hold on a minute .. AND .. I’m getting to it .. AND a check for ALL those missiles you set off in the last year while you were trying to figger out how to keep yourself safe with us being here.”

    It’s reported that the checks will be going out to the Norks on Monday with a personal note from His Highness requesting one of those slick Kim jackets the little emperor wears.”

  6. catie

    Hmmh, I remember in 06 when they tried this same stunt (living in Hawaii at the time it was somewhat disconcerting even though my husband called from Iraq and said he was in more danger than we were on that date). I think they’re closer than BamBam wants to admit. Heaven help him if they destroy all his little friends in Hollywood.

  7. canary

    Tranquil.Night. Canary what do you make of the reports of Soviet tech on the NorComs ICBMs?
    Well, Russia is dealing with alot of poverty for along time, and the one thing they have is weapons of mass destructions stockpiled. Missles, antrax, (Russians are really into poisoning for ages) Clinton complained in 93ish, and Putin is just doing as he pleases. And we at least know Russia has been selling enriched uranium to both N. Korea and Iran, and it is not evident both N. Korea and Iran have nuclear weapons. On to of that it’s now pretty well assumed that Iran and N. Korea have gotten missles from Russia. Israel believes that even France and Germany have been aiding Russia. What concerns me about N. Korea’s scuds they have been shooting off on our countries birthday. It’s been reported by former IAEA nuclear inspector David albright that Iran coverted 7 tons of gas called uranium hexaflouride for atomic bomb or bombs. Even rumors that aside the missles from Russia to guard Irans nuclear installations. Iran is believed to now have electormoagnetic pulse (MEP) technology. A fake satellite going over American at about 280 miles above us, can explode releasing several pouns of enriched plutonium, blanketing the USA with gamma rays. Instatnly, all electrical pwer power is cut off instantly, and cut off for monthes. And our government says N. Korea has the capability too. Simple scuds missles can be used for this purpose.
    Amazing Obama went out of town just like he did last time N. Korea shot off big firecrackers. Of course America’s celebration for Independance probably brings ups old bitterness and bad feelings about American’s beginning. Prehaps N. Korea is just paranoid man leader reacting to Obama’s pre-election remarks that N. Korea and Burma should be attacked more than Iraq, even though he realised that Iraq would be better off without Saddam Hussien. Just don’t think he cares about health care. But, Russia is a bigger threat to aid in destroying Israel. Plus the Dead Sea as phospate and stuff that can be used for reconditioning the soil.
    Planting alot, can wear out the soil, but that and digging for gold and silver is okay. Obama has gone from not using oil, to coal, and now fossils. He is talking about the shell rock which oil can be made off. Russia might aid the middle-easter countries in trying to rid Israel, in excange for control over the gulf and middle-eastern countries. China may be a little happy to start getting oil from Pakistan again. China is major growing in wealth and power.

    • tranquil.night

      Canary, as usual you are a wealth of information. Thank you.

      I see the dynamic you’re talking about and am not surprised. Their capabilities are worrisome, especially that EMP report. There’s never been any doubt in my mind that both the NorComs and Ahmadman’s regime have been under the direction of the bloc – Putin and Jintao – who enjoy letting the US think both are isolated.

      I agree with you that Russia will help against Israel and with the Saudi’s and Biden giving the apparent green for a first strike on Iran, the chips may start moving sooner than later. I don’t think Medvedev will even try to hide Russia’s involvment that much once the conflict is in the open, what’s Obama gonna do? They may say he’s gonna get a cold reception, but he’s as much for all of this as anyone.

      Once again, this just the world being prepped for the international campaign for President of the Opressed One World Order (POTOOWO).

  8. TwilightZoned

    Does N.K.’s missile launch surprise anyone? (Rhetorical. I know not anyone here.) Even the press predicted this launch for July 4th a day or two prior. N.K. knows the U.N. is lame and is laughing in the face of the girly man president.


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