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North Korean Long-Range Missile Being Prepared for Test

North Korea is preparing for another test of its long-range Taepodong-2 three-stage missile, something they’ve not done since 1999. Why else would they have moved the missile to the launch pad, along with 10 tanks of liquid fuel? I seriously doubt that this is just an exercise to check out their logistics capabilities for moving these things.

North Korea loaded booster rockets onto a launch pad and moved about 10 fuel tanks to a launch site in preparation to test-fire a long-range missile that could reach as far as the US mainland, a newspaper reported Saturday.


On Saturday, North Korea accused the United States of repeatedly flying reconnaissance planes to spy on "strategic targets" along its east coast, where the missile launch site is located. The reports of a possible launch come after a prolonged hiatus in six-party nuclear disarmament talks designed to create a Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons.

Pardon my English, but WELL, DUH!!!!! Let’s suppose that you hear rumors that someone doesn’t particularly like you, and wants to do something that has the potential to totally disrupt your whole world, then you hear/see that they are actively taking actions which appear to be preparations to actually carry out that "something." Do you pull the covers up over your head, sit idle while watching Portugal kick Iran’s tail out of the World Cup, or do you do everything in your power to find out what "the bad guys" are actually up to?

Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun said U.S. and Japanese spy satellites confirmed that the assembly of what looks to be a Taepodong-2 missile is complete, and a military unit appears to be continually active in the area.

The bright side of this news is that the warhead section has not been loaded YET. And there is this bit of closing the barn door after the horse has already left the state, to say nothing of the stable:

The U.S. has decided to beef up its missile defense systems over fears that North Korea and Iran are continuing to develop their missile technologies. The Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) budget for fiscal 2007 (what’s the rush?) rates North Korea as "nuclear-capable" and says it has not given up ambitions to develop a long-range ballistic missile.

But the bad news from the same article:

It says the North is also poised to test Taepodong missiles, which the CIA believes could reach the U.S. mainland with a nuclear payload.

Then there is this, reported on

Japan’s conservative Sankei Shimbun, citing government officials it did not name, said the Japanese government had dispatched two Aegis destroyers to the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. Hidetsugu Iwamasa, a Japanese naval official, said he could not comment on the report, citing security concerns. North Korea plans to disguise the missile test as an attempt to put a satellite into orbit, Kyodo News agency reported Saturday. Pyongyang has been calculating an orbit for a fake satellite and plans to announce its trajectory after firing the missile, Kyodo reported from Beijing, citing military intelligence officials it did not identify.

Of course, there is always the possibility that this is just another ruse to get a bigger hand-out from the United States, in the form of relief/aid, like is outlined in this paper prepared for the conference on "New Challenges In Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation and Integration" from way back in 2000:

The second  (ruse by North Korea) has been the use of implicit or explicit threats in developing nuclear weapon and missile capabilities in order to extract resources from the rest of the world. The 1994 Agreed Framework between North Korea and the United States has resulted in the establishment of a multinational consortium to build the North two light water nuclear reactors (LWRs) and provide heavy fuel oil during the period prior to completion of the reactor project. Brinkmanship has been used to extract additional resources from the world community in the guise of humanitarian aid to the North’s food problems. Indeed, North Korea is now the largest recipient of US aid in Asia.

Either way, I’m not particularly fond of the idea of one member of the "Axis of Evil" playing chicken with the American people, or the world’s continued existence. At least, since the "preceding is a test, repeat… just a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. If this had been a real emergency, you’d have been directed to tune in to your local Emergency Broadcast Station" we’ll still be here on Sunday morning to wake up and pull out those checkbooks to bribe Kim Jong-il to let us continue living.

As The Needle Bends

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June 17, 2006 - Posted by | Life and Ramblings


  1. Maybe Kim Il Chickenhead & Sheik ur Ahmadinejad are playing footzie and are taking turns sticking pins into the GREAT SATAN.

    If he fires the rocket the anti will be upped a little.
    If his rocket is successful the stakes will be squared.
    The Taepodong-2 three-stage missile will not have enough range to reach America this time.

    Comment by NAT PIERCE | June 17, 2006 | Reply

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