Skip to comments.N.Korea Has Eight Medium-Range Missile Pads: NIS(Taepodong-2 is also prep'ed)
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 Assemblys 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.
I assume these are "fixed" sites. Perfect! Cruise missles just love stationary targets!........
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).
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.
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.
It does not take much to be a reporter or reporterette these days. You know, affirmative action, declining standards in J-schools, all that.
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.
North Korea is a joke.
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.
Yes in many ways, and no, in lots of other ways.
Nah,just read up on your history and you'll see that things are going on as usual.
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.
I only wonder when the "Human Shields for North Korea" movement starts up in Western Europe and the US.
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?
So does artillery. Seoul is the mother of all stationary targets.
history is just repeating itself
And every soul in Seoul is a hostage to this madman.
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