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North Korea Says It's Preparing Satellite Launch Amid Concern Over Missile Test

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by JBond, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    North Korea Says It's Preparing Satellite Launch Amid Concern Over Missile Test

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,499046,00.html

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Tuesday it is preparing to shoot a satellite into orbit, its clearest reference yet to an impending launch that neighbors and the U.S. suspect will be a provocative test of a long-range missile.

    The statement from the North's space technology agency comes amid growing international concern that the communist nation is gearing up to fire a version of its most advanced missile — one capable of reaching the U.S. — within a week, in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution.

    North Korea asserted last week that it bears the right to "space development" — words the regime has used in the past to disguise a missile test. In 1998, North Korea test-fired a Taepodong-1 ballistic missile over Japan and then claimed to have put a satellite into orbit.

    "Full-fledged preparations are under way to launch the pilot communications satellite Kwangmyongsong No. 2" at a launch site in Hwadae in the northeast, the North's agency said in a statement carried by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency. The report did not say when the launch would take place.

    Unnamed intelligence officials reported brisk personnel and vehicle activity at the Hwadae launch site, the Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday. However, the North has not yet placed the missile on a launch pad, the report said. After mounting the missile, it would take five to seven days to fuel the rocket, experts say.

    Hwadae is believed to be the launch site for North Korea's longest-range missile, the Taepodong-2, which has the capability of reaching Alaska. Reports suggest the missile being readied for launch could be an advanced version of the Taepodong-2 with even greater range: the U.S. West coast.

    South Korea's defense minister has said launch preparations could be completed within days.

    Analysts have warned for weeks that the North may fire a missile to send a strong signal to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who took office a year ago Wednesday with a hard-line policy on North Korea, and to new President Barack Obama.

    North Korea is banned from any ballistic missile activity under a U.N. Security Council resolution adopted after the North's first-ever nuclear test in 2006.

    South Korea, Japan and the United States have warned Pyongyang not to fire a missile.

    Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the North to stop its "provocative actions," saying a missile test would "be very unhelpful in moving our relationship forward."

    Pyongyang's efforts to make a case for space program could be an attempt to avoid international condemnation and sanctions.

    But South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan has stressed that missiles and satellites differ only in payload, and said any launch — whether a satellite or a missile — would be a breach of the U.N. resolution.

    The missile move also comes as Pyongyang steps up its hostile rhetoric against South Korea, saying it is "fully ready" for war. The two Koreas technically remain at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. They remain divided by a heavily armed demilitarized zone.

    North Korea's missile program is a major security concern for the region, along with its nuclear weapons development.

    The country test-launched a Taepodong-2 missile in 2006, but it plunged into the ocean shortly after liftoff.

    Experts believe the North has not yet mastered the miniaturization technology required to put a nuclear warhead on a missile, but the test alarmed the world and gave new energy to stop-and-go diplomacy over North Korea's nuclear program.

    A 2007 disarmament-for-aid pact North Korea signed with five other nations has been stalled since last August.
  2. DaBoys4Life

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    North Korea is a problem....
  3. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    No it's not. The emissary of the Great Barack Hussein Obama was just there and laid down the law to them. Hillary is such a cute silver tongued devil, they were putty in her crinkly hands. Have no worries. Obama has it handled.
  4. DaBoys4Life

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    So it's going to be WW3?
  5. SkinsFan28

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    What amazes me, is how a country like N. Korea, can spend as much as they do when their nation doesn't even have an economy that keeps the majority of its people fed.
  6. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    When you have sexy hair like that little tyrant has...you can do what you want as well.
  7. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Its called absolute dictatorship.
  8. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    He rules with an iron fist, those who speak out disappear. I would have to say a man who is willing to starve his own people is capable of anything. I fully expect within the next 2 years we will see the N. Korea attempt to invade the south.
  9. BrAinPaiNt

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    Personally I think his own people will either revolt or perform some kind of mass exodus to South Korea before he attacks South Korea.

    Or he dies either naturally or with some help from someone.:D

    But that is just me.
  10. DaBoys4Life

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    Hopefully he dies....
  11. Vintage

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    I don't.

    Last I checked, North Korea commits 25% of its GDP to its defense/military.

    South Korea commits a much lower percentage. Yet, they still outspend the North Koreans in defense/military in terms of pure money spent (obviously, because their economy is much stronger).

    I talked to someone from South Korea... and he said the general feeling amongst South Koreans was a sort of pity towards North Koreans because of their miserable situation.

    It was just one person, admittedly, and its entirely possible that was merely his opinion, or the opinion of his area, or that he was off base entirely.... I don't know. But it is what he told me when I asked him about it.

    I'm not sure China would back North Korea in an invasion of South Korea.

    Unless China backs North Korea in such a move (unlikely), then I doubt anything like that happens.
  12. Doomsday101

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    People have been doing that for years trying to escape to s. Korea as well as china and when they are caught they are sent to concentration camps those who do escape their family members are punished. The people have been beaten down and are in no position to fight back and what would they fight back with? As the world economy gets worse and N. Korea situation will only get worse. In the past they could threaten hostilities to get the south to provide aid but that seems to be coming to an end
  13. Doomsday101

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    I disagree I think things have been heating up and will only get worse not better. I know many in the south have pity on the north and I know the south has provided aid over the years. I also know some in the south want to see a reunification of the country. This situation has been in a cease fire for many years I think the cease fire will come to an end
  14. BrAinPaiNt

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    It does not help when students in South Korea protest as well.

    Living in South Korea I was at first shocked at the idea of so many Koreans wanting to be united as one country. But I guess it makes sense. Just still kind of a shocker when the korean troops you work along side with, and in some cases share rooms with, want to unite. Kind of gave me an uneasy feeling if we had to go to war over there.
  15. Doomsday101

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    Idealist, god love them. :laugh2:
  16. BrAinPaiNt

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    I would think any split country would like to be put back together. Like Germany was. But it is scary when you have to serve next to soldiers like that.
  17. Bob Sacamano

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    that's what Mao did in China, starved over 30million people so he could turn China into a superpower
  18. Doomsday101

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    I agree. Unfortunately I do get the feeling that war will once again rear its ugly head in Korea. I think world economic problems will and N. Korea insistence on developing Nuclear weapons will only help speed the process up. I think the leader of N. Korea is a nut job big time, he really is shy of a full deck I think he will play the blackmail and threat of war card 1 too many times before this fragile peace falls apart. Over the last month things have been heating up between the north and south I don't see it improving
  19. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I think Lil Kim gets taken out before that happens.

    As far as things heating up between the north and south. Always has been serious tension there. Even when i was there. We would have any major training exercises...they would go on alert...even though they knew we had them scheduled and vice versa.

    And they knew a great deal. It was shocking at times.

    Was in the village one time and we were ordering some food and one mamasan said...you probably should not order. We asked why and she said...because you are getting ready to have an and before she could say alert...the base siren went off. REAL FREAKY.
  20. Doomsday101

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    I hope you are right. I know things heating up have always been part of the relationship but a nuclear N. Korea could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

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