Skip to comments.Report: N. Korea Missile Arrives at Launch Site (weeks before launch possible)
Posted on 05/31/2009 9:50:21 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
SEOUL, South Korea North Korea has moved its most advanced long-range missile to a new launch site and has banned ships from the waters off its west coast through the end of July, news reports said Monday, moves that threaten to exacerbate tensions on the peninsula.
The missile, which has arrived at the Dongchang-ni launch site on the northwest coast, is believed to be a version of the Taepodong-2 rocket that the North fired on April 5 saying it was a satellite launch, the South Korean Dong-a Ilbo newspaper reported.
The North could fire the missile as early as June 16 when South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and President Barack Obama hold a summit in Washington, the paper said, citing unidentified officials in Washington and Seoul.
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Maybe he’ll ask them to donate it to Japan. But they’ll probably deliver it without fuel, those cheapskates.
In other news. . . a crazy man shot another crazy man in a church somewhere in Kansas. You’ll be incinerated by thermonuclear meltdown in three weeks but you’ll still get to make the vigil.
This using sophisticated diplomacy and Being Nice stuff is working great!
Next: Bammy assaults L’il Kim’s fists with his NOSE!
The FINISHER: Mean flurry of testicle assaults on his jack-boots, with ear-piercing shrieks and moaning..!
Barak Hussain Zer0, show us that your balls are heavy enough to order that this missile is obliterated from the sky, regardless of where it's launched; regardless where it's supposed to land!
Show the NORKS that their little bottle rocket is not up to a world class threat: Show the world that the world will not be intimidated by a pissant nation, even though we have a 0 president
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N. Korea believed to be preparing for ICBM launch
Yonhap ^ | 5-30-2009
Posted on May 29, 2009 7:54:51 PM PDT by rdl6989
SEOUL, May 30 (Yonhap) — North Korea appears to be preparing for a long-range missile test, an informed source said Saturday, defying the U.N. Security Council whose members are negotiating a resolution to punish it for its recent nuclear test.
The source, asking not to be identified, said an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was recently spotted on a cargo train near Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.
The missile has since been moved to an undisclosed location, according to the source.
“It usually takes about two months to set up a launch pad, but the process could be done in as little as two weeks, which means the North could launch a long-range missile as early as in mid-June,” the source said.
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May 29, 2009
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N. Korea fires short-range missile off east coast: source
Posted on May 29, 2009 3:49:15 AM PDT by maquiladora
2009/05/29 19:23 KST
(URGENT) N. Korea fires short-range missile off east coast: source
Magnitude 4.7 - NORTH KOREA [Update - underground nuclear test]
United States Geological Survey ^ | May 24, 2008
Posted on May 24, 2009 7:19:11 PM PDT by Strategerist
My bet's on the 6/16 launch date for sure.
“US Delegation Seeks Asian Consensus on North Korea”
By VOA News
31 May 2009
SNIPPET: “A U.S. government delegation is winding its way through Asia this week to discuss how to respond to North Korea’s latest nuclear test.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg is leading the group, which arrives in Japan Sunday.
The delegation includes Stuart Levy, the Treasury Department’s undersecretary on terrorism and financial intelligence. Stephen Bosworth, the U.S. special representative for North Korean policy, also is expected to be part of the mission.
From Japan, the delegation travels to South Korea, China and Russia. The countries are part of stalled negotiations aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear program.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Saturday that the United States would not accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.
He said Washington would hold Pyongyang “fully accountable” if any nuclear material or technology is transferred outside its borders.
Speaking in Singapore, Gates said painful sanctions may be the only way to peacefully end North Korea’s nuclear program.
North Korea has threatened to take retaliatory action if the United Nations Security Council slaps it with new sanctions.”
A Look at Iran
“A look at North Korea’s missile arsenal”
By The Associated Press 1 day ago
SNIPPET: “ADVANCED TAEPODONG-2: Under development. Potential range of about 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers), putting the U.S. west coast, Hawaii, Australia and eastern Europe within striking distance. North Korea says this, and all Taepdong missiles, are launch vehicles for satellites, though satellite and missile technologies are considered interchangeable.
_ TAEPODONG-2: Three-stage rocket with potential range of more than 4,100 miles (6,700 kilometers), putting Alaska within striking distance. First two stages are liquid-fueled, while the third is believed to be solid-fueled. Similar to Iran’s Safir-Omid space launch vehicle, the rocket suggests extensive cooperation between the two nations.”
“TESTING O’S LIMITS (HE HAS NONE)”
By RALPH PETERS
Last updated: 4:31 am
May 31, 2009
Posted: 3:31 am
May 31, 2009
SNIPPET: “Around the globe, our enemies — immediate and potential — are testing Obama to see how far they can go. Thus far, he hasn’t set a limit anywhere. Not a single dictator or terrorist leader got a single time-out.”
2009/06/01 11:53 KST
“(LEAD) N. Korea bans navigation in mid, upper Yellow Sea: sources “
By Kim Hyun
SNIPPET: “SEOUL, June 1 (Yonhap) — North Korea has recently prohibited vessels from navigating in mid and upper parts of the Yellow Sea, prompting South Korea to monitor the region for possible signs of a provocation, intelligence sources said Monday.”
SNIPPET: “Pyongyang warned last week it would no longer guarantee the safety of South Korean and U.S. naval ships operating along the western sea border. The threat was a response to South Korea’s participation in a U.S.-led campaign against the spread of nuclear weapons and missiles, the Proliferation Security Initiative, whose primary targets are believed to include North Korea.
The intelligence sources could not confirm exactly when the North’s ban took effect, whether before or after its May 25 nuclear test, only saying it came “recently.”
The entry ban applies to “central and northern parts” of the Yellow Sea, they said.
Despite the navigation ban, vessels continued to operate along inter-Korean navigation routes.”
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“N. Korea: The Photo of New Dongchang-ri Launch Site (taken on 9/11/2008)”
Donga Ilbo ^ | 06/01/09
Posted on May 31, 2009 8:56:48 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
What if on 6/16 the missle hits British Columbia instead of Alaska?
Whoever is doing this is absolutely crazed.
So it can hit Alaska? BTW What did the Rats say the Co-ordinates are for the Gov’s Mansion?
If they hurt any spawning salmon there's going to be hell to pay.
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N. Korea resumes plutonium extraction
FT ^ | 4/26/09 | Christian Oliver
Posted on April 25, 2009 9:51:34 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
North Korea says it has resumed reprocessing spent nuclear fuel rods to extract plutonium, further raising the diplomatic stakes after it launched a long-range rocket over Japan earlier this month.
The announcement comes as a sharp rebuff to China and Russia, the closest countries North Korea has to allies, which have been urging Pyongyang to resume six-party talks, the diplomatic framework aimed at getting the communist state to dismantle its nuclear bomb programme.
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Bet it launches on June 14, which happens to be another American holiday (Flag Day).
What if this nutcase fires off a ICBM nuke somewhere far out within international waters ? Is that not the next progressive step in his sequence of escalation ?
Although I wouldn't put anything past the PRNK, I would guess that they are years away from creating a war-head size nuclear device.
America tested it's first nuke, a comparatively low-tech nuke to what would later be developed, in 1944. It was 13 or 14 years later before we tested our first ICBM with a nuclear package. And, we were the richest country at the time dedicating a tremendous amount of manpower and money.
Even if they had help, I would think it would half a dozen years before they can make a weapon small enough, and light enough to put into the nosecone of their very small ICBM.
My bet is on another 4th of July fireworks show coming from Lil’ Kim.
Both of the Tonchang-ri launch pads are on a peninsula, and are within easy reach of the ocean:
It would seem possible to infiltrate a SEAL sniper team to within range of both launch pads. One .50 cal HEI round from a Barrett into one of the first two stages -- fired immediately after launch ignition -- should be masked by rocket engine noise. That should produce a satisfyingly dramatic "catastrophic failure on launch"... ;-)
I like the way you think....
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N. Korea (Recently) Made 3~4 ICBM’s (1 used; 1 ready; 1~2 in storage)
Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/02/09 | Yoo Yong-won
Posted on June 1, 2009 9:07:22 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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N. Korea (Recently) Made 3~4 ICBM’s.
Ammunition supply to its navy and shore artilleries in West Sea(Yellow Sea) doubled.. practicing blitz amphibious landing.
N. Korea had produced 3~4 ICBM-class missiles(or rockets) by the end of last year. This implies that N. Korea could have one or two more long-range missiles in addition to the rocket launched last April, and the one now moved to the new Dongchang-ri test launch site. In a related development, N. Korea is said to have recently instructed its navy in West Sea(Yellow Sea) to more than double its ammunition supply, and its military is practicing blitz amphibious landing, and other activities, indicating that they are gearing up for (military) provocation.
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Thank you TXnMA for the ping.
“N.Korea prepares ballistic test, boosts military on west coast”
SNIPPET: “12:0601/06/2009 MOSCOW, June 1 (RIA Novosti) - North Korea has transported an intercontinental ballistic missile to a new launch site, and has ordered troops on its west coast to double ammunition stocks, South Korea’s Yonhap agency said on Monday.
The agency cited an anonymous South Korean intelligence official as saying vehicle activity to and from military bases along the west coast has increased.
The report follows last week’s sighting of an intercontinental ballistic missile on a cargo train in the reclusive communist state.
The official said North Korea’s military is believed to have moved a missile to its new launch site in Dongchang-ri, in the North Pyongan Province, and could launch it later this month.
“We believe the North could launch the missile at any time after one or two weeks,” he said.
Other South Korean media reports said the rocket is a version of the Taepodong-2 missile fired on April 5, when the North claimed to be launching a satellite.”
Thanks to American in Tokyo for the translation.
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N.Korea Readying for(NEW)Intermediate Range Missile Launch (These Are New Missiles/New Threat)
Jiji Tsushin via Yahoo Japan (in Japanese) ^ | 2 June 2009 | Jiji Tsushin Press (Translation)
Posted on June 1, 2009 11:17:32 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo
Breaking on Yahoo News in Japan (link).
Begin my translation:
Yonhap News reporting out of South Korea on Tuesday afternoon local, North Korea is preparing for a possible intermediate range misssile (or missiles) launch from its southern central Gangwon Province from the Kittaeryung area.... The South Korean military command has revealed this to Korean parlimentarians today. These intermediate range missile has the potential to any part of the territory of Japan. (Rodong Missiles) ....They previously had a range of 1300 kilometers, but since have be revised to have a range of 3000 kilometers. ....North Korean fired six missiles toward Japan (Sea of Japan) from this Kittaeryung range, one after the other, in July 2006.
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Folks, this is NEW (this afternoon our time).
This is completely separate from the other new provocations they are starting, with another potential long range ICBM launch from the complex at Dongchangri on the West Coast that they are said to be preparing (of course on heels of their long range ICBM test on 5 April from Musudanri (Northeast Coast), then their underground nuke test last week, and finally a number of barrages of intermediate missiles in the aftermath of their underground test at Kilchu (Northeast Coast area, not far from Musudanri).
1 posted on June 1, 2009 11:17:32 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo
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Reports: NKorea readying several missile tests
Posted on June 2, 2009 1:07:30 AM PDT by maquiladora
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) North Korea is preparing to launch three or four medium-range missiles, along with an intercontinental ballistic missile, amid moves by Kim Jong Il to anoint his third son as heir to the world’s first communist dynasty, reports and experts said Tuesday.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said the North is preparing to fire three to four medium-range missiles from Anbyon on its east coast.
“Many vehicles mounted with mobile launchers are being spotted” at Anbyon, Yonhap quoted an unnamed government official saying. “It looks like at least three missiles will be launched.”
The North has also transported what is believed to be its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile to a base near China in the west, officials confirmed.
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