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N.Korea Has Eight Medium-Range Missile Pads: NIS(Taepodong-2 is also prep'ed)
Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/12/06

Posted on 07/12/2006 6:22:49 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

N.Korea Has Eight Medium-Range Missile Pads: NIS

The secret service says it has spotted eight launch pads for medium range missiles in North Korea. National Intelligence Service Director Kim Seung-gyu told a parliamentary committee Wednesday the launch pads were believed to be for Rodong-2 or Scud missiles.

The NIS believes the missiles can be fired from the pads within three or four hours of preparation but the likelihood that they will be is small, a member of the National Assembly’s Intelligence Committee said.

The NIS chief was quoted as saying that a long-range Taepodong-2 missile North Korea test-fired on July 5 exploded some 40 seconds after launch, and debris was found in inland areas west of the launch site. Asked if the North is likely to test another, he said trailers carrying parts were spotted around the assembly and maintenance building at the Musudanri missile base in Taepodong, from where the first was launched, and support vehicles are constantly going in and out of the site. The NIS also says there are some 30 missile fuel storage tanks near the launch site but it cannot tell if they are new or empty. That could suggest plans for another test launch, but it is more likely that the North is trying to find out why the first missile failed, Kim was quoted as telling lawmakers.

Another Taepodong-2 launch is theoretically possible within five to seven days once the North solves the technical defects, but this could take weeks or even months, he said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: launchpad; missile; nkorea; northkorea; rodong; scud; taepodong2
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8 medium range missiles, and 1 Taepodong to go. This is pretty much the same arrangement as their first set of launches back in July 5(July 4 in U.S. time.)
1 posted on 07/12/2006 6:22:53 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; OahuBreeze; yonif; risk; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 07/12/2006 6:23:36 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I assume these are "fixed" sites. Perfect! Cruise missles just love stationary targets!........


3 posted on 07/12/2006 6:28:57 AM PDT by Red Badger (Follow an IROC long enough and sooner or later you will wind up in a trailer park..........)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I am guessing, Mr. or Ms. TLR, that if they (DPRK)do their diagnostics quickly on the failure of the first, that they would lift off again on something like 16 July, timing it with the Space Shuttle's return over the Pacific to either KSC or Edwards AFB.

Of course, they know and we know they have zilch chance of interfering with any Shuttle re-entry activities and cannot come anywhere near the spacecraft, nevertheless the mass PR value and panic alone will reap them a bushel of attention--their ultimate goal in all of this contrivation of crises for negotiating benefit.

It will be interesting to see if the Chia Pet does some 'on the spot guidances' or military detachment visits around this time and in those launch facility areas, and then returns to Pyongyang to issue the order and launch the missiles...as he did on 5 July (local time).

4 posted on 07/12/2006 6:31:59 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

As a NPR reporterette moaned after the last launch, 'What happens if one or part of one missile lands in Japan or hits Hawaii, accidentally, of course.' Her take on this was that Japan would be worse since the MSM can't stop Japan from retaliating.


5 posted on 07/12/2006 6:33:56 AM PDT by hershey
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Can someone please explain what is going on in this world? Israel is at war, N Korea is launching missiles, Radical Islam is blowing trains up and killing hundreds, our children are lost....this world's future is unsure and dangerous.


6 posted on 07/12/2006 6:34:11 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: hershey

It does not take much to be a reporter or reporterette these days. You know, affirmative action, declining standards in J-schools, all that.


7 posted on 07/12/2006 6:35:00 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
N.Korea Has Eight Medium-Range Missile Pads:

For now.

8 posted on 07/12/2006 6:35:18 AM PDT by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: Blue Turtle

They all (that is our worldwide enemies) perceive the USA as distracted, overstretched and thinned out. Again, don't kill the messenger, I am just relaying what they perceive -- particularly Iran and DPRK. Chavez heading off to Pyongyang, too, to add more vinegar to the global mix.


9 posted on 07/12/2006 6:36:58 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

North Korea is a joke.


10 posted on 07/12/2006 6:38:33 AM PDT by Flightdeck
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To: AmericanInTokyo

The NPR reporter was in a terrible bind. How to wave away a deliberate missile attack, especially when NK's been threatening to blow you to bits for months. It wasn't even the BBC reporter, just local talent...Boston or DC.


11 posted on 07/12/2006 6:39:22 AM PDT by hershey
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To: Flightdeck

Yes in many ways, and no, in lots of other ways.


12 posted on 07/12/2006 6:39:35 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: Blue Turtle
Israel is at war(for the ninth time), N Korea is launching missiles(been crackpots over there for years), Radical Islam is blowing trains up and killing hundreds(been happening since before the Crusades), our children are lost....this world's future is unsure and dangerous.

Nah,just read up on your history and you'll see that things are going on as usual.

13 posted on 07/12/2006 6:40:29 AM PDT by quack
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To: AmericanInTokyo

President Bush is heading off to Germany, so he's out of the country. Clearly our enemies think it's just the time to stir the pot.


14 posted on 07/12/2006 6:41:10 AM PDT by hershey
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To: hershey
Now is the time to resurrect all the liberal quotes of two-three years ago about how NORTH KOREA is the most terrible one on the global block, and that we ought to stand up to it. That will shut some of these lib reporters up.

I only wonder when the "Human Shields for North Korea" movement starts up in Western Europe and the US.

15 posted on 07/12/2006 6:41:19 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
The NIS chief was quoted as saying that a long-range Taepodong-2 missile North Korea test-fired on July 5 exploded some 40 seconds after launch, and debris was found in inland areas west of the launch site.

I thought this missle was headed for Hawaii? Forty secs after launch it should of been downrange a tad, i.e. to the east of the launch site?

16 posted on 07/12/2006 6:49:32 AM PDT by Joe Miner
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To: Red Badger
Cruise missles just love stationary targets!........

So does artillery. Seoul is the mother of all stationary targets.

17 posted on 07/12/2006 6:49:42 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: quack

history is just repeating itself


18 posted on 07/12/2006 6:50:53 AM PDT by markedmannerf ("Borders, Language and Culture")
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To: callmejoe

FYI


19 posted on 07/12/2006 6:52:36 AM PDT by Rushmore Rocks (dollar a day member............and proud of it!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

And every soul in Seoul is a hostage to this madman.


20 posted on 07/12/2006 6:54:13 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Blue Turtle

Just pull your head back in your shell.


21 posted on 07/12/2006 6:56:19 AM PDT by sd-joe
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Artillery is also a stationery target. You know in advance what the enemy's retaliatory capabilities are, so you take them out at the same time............


22 posted on 07/12/2006 6:57:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (Follow an IROC long enough and sooner or later you will wind up in a trailer park..........)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I think that at this point the Administration is keeping their cards pretty close. No sense giving the Dog Eater any tips about what our real capabilities are.

I suspect that we were probably seconds away from launching intercept missiles against the NK ICBM launch on the 4th of July, but the ICBM failed so soon in it's flight that missile intercept was not required.

I still give it fairly good odds that the missile failed because of something we did to it. I won't speculate further on that thought other than to say it would not be the first time that we were surprized by some new secretly developed weapons system.

I think that if North Korea launches another ICBM, and if it is able to maintain itself during the boost phase, the US will shoot it down, or at least attempt to shoot it down with one of the Aegis class cruisers that are in te area.

I think that another un-announced ICBM test by North Korea ought to be cause for the whole facility to be destroyed. Not just the launch pad, but every building on the site.

I think the President has been correct and restrained so far, and is actively pursuing all available diplomatic means. He is being nice...until very soon from now, when it will be time to be not so nice.

Don't underestimate what this President is capable of doing. Giving the Pot-Bellied, Dog-Eating, Tin-Horned Little Dictator a proper ass-kicking has got to be high on the President's "To Do" list. He's going to do it right.


23 posted on 07/12/2006 7:00:26 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: sd-joe

Now that WAS FUNNY! I need to clean my screen...


24 posted on 07/12/2006 7:02:19 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: TigerLikesRooster
If at first you don't suceed, try, try, again.


25 posted on 07/12/2006 7:04:15 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: Bean Counter

Not even considering that this is an area over the Sea of Japan of transit of fully loaded commercial airliners from Europe to Japan and East Coast US to Japan, not to mention maritime movements. When they launch as they do, they jeopardize many people and are clearly in violation of international law. It is a shame that one frikkin week has passed now and we still don't have a UN resolution (not that the UN is the solution to all our problems of course).


26 posted on 07/12/2006 7:07:08 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: Bean Counter
Re #23

Dubya has a good track record of beating his adversaries who underestimated him. The last one is Kerry. I You are right that we should not underestimate him. He is a good poker player.

27 posted on 07/12/2006 7:08:29 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: Red Badger
I suspect that you've never served in an artillery unit. (I have.) U.S. Field Artillery practices "shoot and scoot", the old black and whites of artillery pieces firing constantly from a open position are obsolete. Accuracy is hardly an issue since Seoul is an area target.

I'll betcha dollars to donuts that the NK people's Army has thousands (literally thousands) of field artillery survey benmarks all over North Korea from which they can immediately bring accurate fire on to any point within range of North Korea. I would also be surprised if North Korean agents haven't planted thousands of feild artillery benchmarks in the South as well.

28 posted on 07/12/2006 7:08:55 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: Red Badger
I suspect that you've never served in an artillery unit. (I have.) U.S. Field Artillery practices "shoot and scoot", the old black and whites of artillery pieces firing constantly from a open position are obsolete. Accuracy is hardly an issue since Seoul is an area target.

I'll betcha dollars to donuts that the NK people's Army has thousands (literally thousands) of field artillery survey benmarks all over North Korea from which they can immediately bring accurate fire on to any point within range of North Korea. I would also be surprised if North Korean agents haven't planted thousands of feild artillery benchmarks in the South as well.

29 posted on 07/12/2006 7:08:56 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: AmericanInTokyo
"Chavez heading off to Pyongyang..."

Talk about a fleeting target of opportunity!

30 posted on 07/12/2006 7:09:10 AM PDT by Redleg Duke (ˇSalga de los Estados Unidos de América, invasor!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

There are close to 2000 artillery tubes positioned and operated by the KPA along the DMZ, for use in massive, concentrated one day attack on the South.


31 posted on 07/12/2006 7:13:08 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: quack
Nah,just read up on your history and you'll see that things are going on as usual.

Yep, the only real difference is the siege weaponry the thugs are using has gotten significantly stronger and better. 7th century mentality with 21st century weapons. Bad combination........

32 posted on 07/12/2006 7:13:31 AM PDT by Thermalseeker
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
I suspect that NK has their long range artillery in caves and bunkers to haul out and fire. To deliver the amount of ordinance they need to obliterate Seoul, they need the ammo ready at the gun position. I doubt they will use "Shoot and Scoot".

And, I also have spent a lot of time on the gun line.

33 posted on 07/12/2006 7:14:14 AM PDT by Redleg Duke (ˇSalga de los Estados Unidos de América, invasor!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

correction, missing a "1". Meant to say 12,000 artillery tubes along the DMZ.


34 posted on 07/12/2006 7:15:16 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: Red Badger

Scuds are launched from mobile "Transporter-Erector-Launchers"; essentially huge trucks. I believe that the "Nodong" missiles are essentially improved Scuds, and also launch from mobile platforms. The longer range (in design, anyway) Taepo-Dong missile is much larger, and is fired from a fixed launch pad.


35 posted on 07/12/2006 7:15:16 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Blue Turtle
Can someone please explain what is going on in this world?....

Sounds normal to me............

36 posted on 07/12/2006 7:17:02 AM PDT by Red Badger (Follow an IROC long enough and sooner or later you will wind up in a trailer park..........)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
...the old black and whites of artillery pieces firing constantly from a open position are obsolete.

We are talking about NK, not the US or modern artillery practices. I bet the emplacements haven't changed much since the Korean War..........

37 posted on 07/12/2006 7:20:01 AM PDT by Red Badger (Follow an IROC long enough and sooner or later you will wind up in a trailer park..........)
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To: Blue Turtle
Sure, I will try to help out...it is called over population, too many humans, struggling for declining resources...etc etc
38 posted on 07/12/2006 7:54:33 AM PDT by thinking
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Me no rike lodong. Tie' po dong numbah 10 gi no good.


39 posted on 07/12/2006 7:56:51 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Let us not flinch from identifying liberalism as the opposition party to God.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Can one see these missile sites from Google Earth? If so, anyone have the coordinates?


40 posted on 07/12/2006 7:57:00 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I'm not too much of a tinfoil guy, but either by design or circumstance it seems like they're bear-baiting us. Might work too.


41 posted on 07/12/2006 7:59:25 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Let us not flinch from identifying liberalism as the opposition party to God.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Interesting insight....a thought I had is, do the NKs think that next battle over there, will be a one-sided effort, dont they realise, that embattled armies shoot back...


42 posted on 07/12/2006 7:59:42 AM PDT by thinking
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Now is the time to resurrect all the liberal quotes of two-three years ago about how NORTH KOREA is the most terrible one on the global block, and that we ought to stand up to it. That will shut some of these lib reporters up.

It won't shut them up... you ought to know them better than that. Down the memory hole!

43 posted on 07/12/2006 8:01:33 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Let us not flinch from identifying liberalism as the opposition party to God.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Seoul is the mother of all stationary targets.

If there's to be a war let it begin THERE! (easy for me to say, eh?)

44 posted on 07/12/2006 8:05:03 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Let us not flinch from identifying liberalism as the opposition party to God.)
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To: thinking

The North Korean army is vastly larger and tougher than Saddam's forces. It would be extremely painful, sanguinary and difficult to destroy it, assuming that China does not intervene again. Kim may be bluffing, but he may be just crazy enough to "try something". In any event, war in Korea is not something that any American president would want to be involved in.


45 posted on 07/12/2006 8:05:33 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: Blue Turtle
Can someone please explain what is going on in this world?

To explain is to show the structure. It might not be the true structure but a structure that appears to be. Pick who you want to do the explaining. Algore? Kim Capone? Some 18 year old moslem with a bomb?

46 posted on 07/12/2006 8:06:13 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: Bean Counter

I think that we probably do not wish to have to shoot down their missle if we can possibly help it, though I'd like to think we gave an airborne (or space borne) laser assist to the taepodong's demise. A big part of this particular chess game is trying to get us to show our cards -- what our capabilities are. We shouldn't do that unless we have to.


47 posted on 07/12/2006 8:09:17 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Let us not flinch from identifying liberalism as the opposition party to God.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

My understanding is that they DO have thousands of tubes, and that they are in hardened caves in the mountains, perhaps not impervious, but not where they can be taken out quickly or before an opening salvo.


48 posted on 07/12/2006 8:11:17 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Let us not flinch from identifying liberalism as the opposition party to God.)
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To: ichabod1

Well, you do have a point.


49 posted on 07/12/2006 8:18:40 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: SoftballMominVA
Re #40

I think so. I don't know the coordinates, though. Sorry.:)

50 posted on 07/12/2006 8:19:47 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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