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Shocker: N Korea Fires 2 More Rockets

From an understanding Reuters:

A file picture shows rockets fired during a North Korean military ...

North Korea fires more rockets; says U.S. hostile

By Jack Kim

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea, defiant in the face of international condemnation of its latest nuclear test, fired two more short-range missiles off its east coast on Tuesday and accused the United States of plotting against its government.

In a move certain to compound tensions in the region, South Korea said it would join a U.S.-led initiative to intercept ships suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction, something Pyongyang has warned it would consider a declaration of war.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted a government source in Seoul as saying the North had test-fired one surface-to-air and one surface-to-ship missile off its east coast. The missiles had a range of about 130 km (80 miles).

North Korea could also launch by Wednesday more short-range missiles, perhaps toward a disputed sea border with the South, South Korean media quoted government sources as saying.

North Korea fired off three short-range missiles on Monday

The demonstrations of military might have also taken a toll on Seoul’s jittery financial markets, worried about the impact of North Korea’s growing belligerence in a region which accounts for a sixth of the global economy…

Brushing aside international condemnation, Pyongyang said the United States was the aggressive one, its usual argument to justify having a nuclear arsenal. "Our army and people are fully ready for battle … against any reckless U.S. attempt for a pre-emptive attack," the North’s KCNA news agency said.

Analysts say Pyongyang’s military grandstanding was partly aimed at further tightening leader Kim Jong-il’s grip on power so he can better engineer his succession. Many speculate he wants his third son to take over.

Obviously the North Koreans are not any too worried about sanctions from the world community.

Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 25th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Shocker: N Korea Fires 2 More Rockets”

  1. MinnesotaRush says:

    Apparently, o-blah-blah’s “stern messages” didn’t have much of an affect(?).


  2. Right of the People says:

    “Our army and people are fully ready for battle … against any reckless U.S. attempt for a pre-emptive attack,” the North’s KCNA news agency said.

    If we wanted to do a pre-emptive attack, Poontang or Pontoon or Pyongyang or whatever their capital is called would be glowing in the dark before they even were aware we’d done it.

    ‘Lil Kim is like a little kid with his big brother (China) standing behind him taunting the other kids calling them wussies and daring them to do something about it. Someone needs to talk to this fool before he gets himself hurt.

    Of course Barry will cave after stomping his foot and passing out from holding his breath for too long. I miss Clinton, at least he lobbed some missiles at some empty tents and an aspirin factory, Barry won’t even do that the pussy!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Now, Now ……… he’s only doing what the teleprompter tells him. (just like the RCA dog, “listening to his masters’ voice.”)

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