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N Korea Launches Missile, Despite Threats

From an unfazed Associated Press:

NKorea launches rocket, defying world pressure

By JEAN H. LEE and JAE-SOON CHANG, Associated Press Writers Jean H. Lee And Jae-soon Chang, Associated Press Writers

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea defied international warnings and sent a rocket hurtling over the Pacific on Sunday, a launch President Barack Obama called an illicit test of the regime’s long-range missile technology that threatened the security of nations "near and far."

Obama and European Union leaders meeting in Prague condemned the move and said North Korea’s dangerous defiance demanded an international response. Diplomats at the United Nations scheduled an emergency Security Council session for later Sunday to discuss what Obama called a clear violation of U.N. resolutions.

South Korea and the U.S. military disputed North Korea’s claim of a successful launch into space, saying the rocket fell into the ocean in stages…

North Korea says it successfully sent its "Kwangmyongsong-2" satellite into orbit as part of its peaceful bid to develop its space program…

The U.S. and South Korea say no satellite or other object reached orbit Sunday, and joined Japan and other countries in accusing the North of using the launch to test the delivery system for its long-range missile technology — a step toward eventually mounting a nuclear weapon on a missile capable of reaching Alaska and beyond.

"North Korea’s development of a ballistic missile capability, regardless of the stated purpose of this launch, is aimed at providing it with the ability to threaten countries near and far with weapons of mass destruction," a joint EU-U.S. statement said.

Liftoff took place at 11:30 a.m. (0230 GMT) from the coastal Musudan-ri launch pad in northeastern North Korea, the South Korean and U.S. governments said. The multistage rocket hurtled toward the Pacific, reaching Japanese airspace within seven minutes. Warships did not activate interceptors because no debris appeared to hit its territory, officials in Tokyo said.

Four hours after the launch, North Korea declared it a success. An experimental communications satellite reached outer space in just over nine minutes and was orbiting Earth, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said from Pyongyang.

"The satellite is transmitting the melodies of the immortal revolutionary paeans ‘Song of Gen. Kim Il Sung’ and ‘Song of Gen. Kim Jong Il’ as well as measurement data back to Earth," it said, referring to the country’s late founder and his son, its current leader.

But South Korea’s defense minister and the U.S. military disputed that account. North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command officials said in a statement that the first stage of the rocket fell into the waters between Korea and Japan, while the two other stages, and its payload, landed in the Pacific Ocean

China, North Korea’s main source of economic aid and diplomatic support, urged all sides to maintain calm and exercise restraint. It offered to play a "constructive role," though some say it could use its veto power to block a unified response to the launch at the Security Council.

Russia, which shares a border with North Korea, also called for calm. "We urge all states concerned to show restraint in judgments and action in the current situation, and to be guided by objective data on the nature of North Korea’s launch," a Foreign Ministry statement said…

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he regretted North Korea’s move "against strong international appeal" at a time when nuclear disarmament talks involving six nations remain stalled…

Whether it was a successful launch or not is really quite moot.

Mr. Obama (through Mrs. Clinton) has promised that North Korea would be punished for this in a real and tangible way.

Let’s see what happens.

Will will give them $499 billion in ‘food aid,’ instead of $500 billion?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

22 Responses to “N Korea Launches Missile, Despite Threats”

  1. Weasel says:

    Gird your loins!

    Maybe Obambi will send in “Sheriff” Joe Biden to take care of Kimmy… Or worse, for us, he will bring back Jimmuh Carter to negotiate another new deal with the PROK? I wish he would have “Team America” saddle up, but that isn’t going to happen for at least the next 4 years.

    Now that Alaska, Hawaii and possibly the west coast (of the three, I would miss Alaska and I’m a native of SoCal) are all in range, will Obambi’s teleprompter still tell him to cut back on missile defense???

    • jobeth says:

      “Maybe Obambi will send in “Sheriff” Joe Biden ”

      DANG! Why didn’t I think of that!

      After all according to Obalmy…”Nobody messes with Joe”!

      Of course!…He will take care of whole problem!

      By the time they stop rolling on the floor in laughter at his goofy gaffs…they won’t have the strength to send up another one.

  2. AuntieAM says:

    Lucky for us, our “savior” has a solution to all this–all we have to do is completely disarm, and….well, it’s not certain what comes next, but he and his minions assure the AP and other dispensers of wisdom (*according to them) that all that is required is for us to “seek the moral high ground” (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090405/ap_on_go_pr_wh/eu_obama_204) and disarm ourselves.

    Frankly, I wonder if we’re going to have a country left in four years…

  3. Right of the People says:

    Oooooo, Barry says they must be “punished”! No more pudding for you Kimmy.

    We need to make Ping Pong or whatever the hell their capital is called glow in the dark. That would be change they could believe in.

    10-7

  4. proreason says:

    If they keep up with such provocations, they just may find themselves on the receiving end of a sterm Obamy speech.

  5. Enthalpy says:

    What sanctions have ever been imposed on North Korea by anyone? From President Jimmy’s Madam Secretary to now–all gibberish!

  6. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Obama’s gonna “get serious” and shake his finger and “hold them to task” with “strict accountability” and “transparency”, along with “making words mean something” and “absolute responsibility”.

    Or maybe he’ll just send his teleprompter over to do his dirty work for him.

    I feel better already

    • caligirl9 says:

      Isn’t that pretty much what Bill Clinton always did? A “sternly worded letter” to the offending party, along with a UN resolution that says “bad dictator! No (fill in the offense—choose from nukes, violating human rights, cutting down too many trees, bombing Americans, kidnapping Americans, etc.)

      That worked well.

  7. If I was in charge of N Korea, and I wanted to launch? I would thumb my nose to the rest of the world as well. The UN is not respected by those who are nuclear anyhow, and thus participation in such becomes a waste of time and resources.

    All the more reason to rid ourselves of the hive of spies who reside there, and fully develop our SDI as it was planned originally.

    • proreason says:

      “The UN is not respected by those who are nuclear anyhow”

      Are you aware of ANY country that respects the UN?

      As far as I can tell, the UN is:

      1.a means to create anger and hatred against Israel and the US,
      2. a way to squeeze money out of the US, and
      3. a home for international criminals of all ilks,

      all paid for by us, the US taxpayers.

    • heykev says:

      Couldn’t agree with you more Pro. Can’t wait until BHO get US out of the UN…oh wait, he hates US too.

    • LOL PRO.. true.. not respected, but feared perhaps?

  8. crosspatch says:

    The interesting thing to me is that the Koreans are walking a fine line. They are using the UN guarantee of “free access to space” to cover a ballistic missile development program.

    Here is a solution: Offer to launch NorK satellites on our vehicles from Florida and shoot down anything launched from Korea. This gives them access to space but denies ballistic missile development. If it is access to space they way, fine, we give them access. But we absolutely do not allow them to develop long range ballistic missiles.

  9. jrmcdonald says:

    Man, I don’t want to be in their shoes when Hillary uses stern words and mean facial expressions.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Bill’s helping her practice. He was really good at it, but I know she’ll be better at it being female and all (no disrespect to the other females that frequent these parts!). Remember when Hil cried during the presidential primary campaign?

  10. Steve says:

    BTW, I guess we have seen how Mr. Obama will handle that fabled ‘3 am phone call.’

    Of course the answer turns out to be: not very well.

    • proreason says:

      I think, like AlToad, he disconnects the phone at 9 pm.

    • canary says:

      Obama is dillusional; his “I am King mentallity”, which appeared from the time of his conception, has been fueled by only the applause he hear’s. That Frank crack-pot is saying the Republicans are afraid to applaud when Obama speaks, because they are afraid of Rush, Hannity. Maybe Obama believes that too. Republicans will have to start booing and tossing lit cigeretts on the Democrats to wake them up to reality. Words with terrorists are worthless.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “Words with terrorist are worthless”

      One look at our congress confirms that!!

  11. Professor_Repulso says:

    The big boys in Beijing might have been more willing to call off their lackeys save for one thing. They are probably still bent out of shape about holding a mountain of U.S. debt that will be paid off in Obama $3 bills. That is, as soon as the printing plates are ready and the hyperdrive is perfected for the presses.


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