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Uranium gives NKorea second way to make bombs
AP via Breitbart ^ | June 28, 2009 | KWANG-TAE KIM

Posted on 06/28/2009 10:47:01 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar

After repudiating negotiations on dismantling its plutonium-based nuclear program, North Korea admitted this month to having an even more worrying way to make bombs.

Following nearly seven years of adamant denials, North Korea announced it can enrich uranium—a simpler method of building nuclear weapons than reprocessing plutonium. Uranium can be enriched in relatively inconspicuous factories that can better evade spy-satellite detection, and uranium bombs may work without test explosions.

The admission—made in a threatening response to a June 12 U.N. Security Council resolution punishing Pyongyang for an underground plutonium bomb test last month—poses a new challenge to the U.S., China, South Korea, Russia and Japan as they seek to stem the reclusive country's atomic ambitions.

Since 2003, they have focused on persuading the North to disable a nuclear reactor north of Pyongyang, where the communist regime had been laboriously extracting plutonium, not a naturally occurring material, from spent fuel rods.

Natural uranium, on the other hand, is readily available. North Korea has said it has an estimated 26 million tons of natural uranium deposits, of which about four million tons can be economically extracted. The Washington-based Federation of American Scientists also said an estimated 4 million tons is high-quality uranium ore.

That doesn't mean North Korea can make a uranium bomb overnight. The uranium must be highly enriched first, and making enough for a bomb requires operating 1,000 to 3,000 centrifuges for a year, said Lee Choon-geun, an expert at South Korea's state-funded Science and Technology Policy Institute.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: bombs; enricheduranium; nkorea; northkorea; nuclear; plutonium; plutoniumbomb; uranium; uraniumore; wmd

1 posted on 06/28/2009 10:47:02 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

They’ve stopped screwing around with the complicated bombs made out of “nuclear trash” and going for the simpler design made out of uranium.

For good reason, we tested the plutonium implosion “Fat Man” design but didn’t test the uranium gun “Little Boy” bomb prior to dropping them on Japan in WW2.


2 posted on 06/28/2009 11:00:20 AM PDT by EricT. ("Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government." -George Washington)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Well, it's like saying because we make gas driven cars, we can make electric driven cars. Remember, they gutted their plutonium processing plant and tore down the cooling tower and all the steam lines and have not started any reconstruction.

NK is talking the talk because at this point it would almost be as easy to refine uranium. However, they lack the money and expertise and centrifuges and we are definately putting the screws to any effort to get them centrifuges.

Typical NK loose talk.

3 posted on 06/28/2009 11:04:27 AM PDT by gandalftb (An appeaser feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last......)
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To: EricT.

We tested the plutonium bomb only for a couple of reasons, we had more refined plutonium, and the gun-type uranium bomb had a much higher degree of confidence as it was so simple and stable. Agreed, the complexity of detonating an implosion type bomb has really stymied all who have tried.


4 posted on 06/28/2009 11:08:35 AM PDT by gandalftb (An appeaser feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last......)
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To: Jet Jaguar; Robert A. Cook, PE; nuconvert
The uranium must be highly enriched first, and making enough for a bomb requires operating 1,000 to 3,000 centrifuges for a year,

Ummm... hasn't Iran been running more centrifuges than that for longer than that?

5 posted on 06/28/2009 11:26:41 AM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Neda Agha-Soltan - murdered by illegitimate government)
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To: Jet Jaguar
I sure am glad we have a strong, decisive president to face up to the Stalinist nuclear warlord of North Korea.


6 posted on 06/28/2009 11:55:24 AM PDT by Costumed Vigilante (Congress: When a handful of evil morons just isn't enough)
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To: gandalftb
Agreed, the complexity of detonating an implosion type bomb has really stymied all who have tried.

Strange thing to say. Noone who has attempted to build an implosion bomb seems to have failed. And only the US and South Africa have even bothered with the gun-type.

7 posted on 06/28/2009 2:49:08 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Competent small-government conservative = close enough for government work)
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Previously...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2280022/posts

“S. Korea Revises Defense Law To Authorize *PRE-EMPTIVE ATTACK* on N. Korea (Video) Breaking”
NNN TV News in Japan (link to video) ^ | 26 June 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
Posted on June 26, 2009 8:36:07 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo

Go to the page HERE


8 posted on 06/28/2009 4:37:39 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All; Jet Jaguar; backhoe; Oorang; Velveeta; Godzilla
A small sampler - A Snapshot in Time:

FreeRepublic.com -Discussion Forum (AP via BREITBART): "URANIUM GIVES NKOREA SECOND WAY TO MAKE BOMBS" (June 28, 2009) (Read More...)


FreeRepublic.com - Discussion Forum (SANKEI SHUMBUN, June 20, 2009) - Summary posted by TigerLikesRooster: "PREPARATION UNDER WAY FOR N. KOREAN TECHNICIANS TO EVACUATE FROM IRAN" (SUMMARY SNIPPET: "N. Korean technicians are at multiple sites in Iran, cooperating with Iran the development of missiles and other projects. In addition to securing personal belongings, the preparation includes equipments and documents which should be kept in secret, such as computers. This is to prevent the evidence of the close collaboration on missile and nukes from being discovered.") (Posted June 25, 2009) (Read More...)
English.CHOSUN.com: "N. KOREA 'HELPING BURMA WITH WMD'" (SNIPPET: ""North Korea has used [Burmese] ports and airstrips to transfer arms and contraband to third countries, including Iran," the daily claimed. It said several Burmese citizens, some of them expatriates, "have claimed direct knowledge of a nuclear weapons program, including a reactor under construction near Maymyo."") (June 25, 2009) (Read More...)
TRUTHUSA.com: A Look at Iran (Read More...)


FreeRepublic.com (IBD EDITORIALS.com): "NORTH KOREA RATCHETS UP ITS THREATS" (June 24, 2009) (Read More...)

9 posted on 06/28/2009 4:55:05 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Oztrich Boy
By stymied, I meant that it was a very difficult process, but not impossible. Delivery of such a very heavy weapon is also a major challenge.

I have always believed that those who pursue plutonium based weapons were doing so for show and only good at blowing themselves up.

Big yields and portability take very advanced refining, beyond third world capabilities.

10 posted on 06/28/2009 10:19:41 PM PDT by gandalftb (An appeaser feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last......)
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Thanks to son of strange love for the ping to this thread.

Note: The following post is a quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2281511/posts

South Korea getting U.S. missiles to boost defences
Reuters ^ | 6/28/2009 | Seoul-Reuters
Posted on June 28, 2009 11:02:13 PM PDT by sonofstrangelove

South Korea is acquiring 40 U.S.-made missiles for an Aegis destroyer this month to boost its defences amid reports North Korea may soon test-fire missiles, Yonhap news agency on Sunday quoted a military source as saying. North Korea, which rattled regional security with a May 25 nuclear test, is preparing to test a long-range missile that could hit U.S. territory and mid-range missiles that could hit all of South Korea, a South Korean presidential Blue House official said last week.

The surface-to-air missiles for the Aegis destroyer, designed to track and shoot down objects including missiles, can hit targets up to 160 km away, Yonhap quoted the source as saying.

North Korea has also warned ships to stay away from waters off its east coast city of Wonsan, Japan’s Coast Guard said last week, in a possible indication of a missile test.

North Korea launched in April a rocket it said was carrying a satellite. The move was widely seen as a disguised test of its long-range Taepodong-2 missile and a violation of U.N. resolutions barring the reclusive state from ballistic missile testing.

The U.N. Security Council punished it for the missile launch by tightening existing sanctions and imposing new ones after the nuclear test to halt its arms trading, one of the few items the cash-short state with a broken down economy can export.

(Excerpt) Read more at in.reuters.com ...


11 posted on 06/28/2009 11:34:07 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Thnks for the link/quote. I’m sure nk is shaking in their combat boots at the un’s punishment.


12 posted on 06/28/2009 11:40:45 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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UPDATED:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/29/aloha-star-wars/

“EDITORIAL: Aloha, ‘star wars’
Obama bluffs on defending Hawaii”

Monday, June 29, 2009

SNIPPET: “Missile-defense expert Taylor Dinerman told us that the sea-based SM-3 missiles now deployed to “protect” Hawaii are not equipped with adequate software and communications to intercept a missile traveling from North Korea to Hawaii, which would reach a terminal velocity of Mach 23 to 25. The SM-3s are effective only against targets traveling at up to half that speed. It would take about $50 million to upgrade the software to enable a Mach 25 intercept. The Army’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile, which also has been activated after successful tests at Barking Sands on Kauai, “doesn’t come close” to being effective against this type of threat, Mr. Dinerman said.”


13 posted on 06/28/2009 11:53:07 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Jet Jaguar; Oorang

ping.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2281233/posts?page=13#13


14 posted on 06/29/2009 12:01:34 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2009/06/29/73/0301000000AEN20090629002100315F.html

Politics/Diplomacy
2009/06/29 11:43 KST
“Peace, stability only possible after N. Korea denuclearizes: S. Korea”
By Sam Kim
SEOUL, June 29 (Yonhap)


15 posted on 06/29/2009 12:11:43 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2009/06/29/2009062900332.html

“U.S. Sets Up N.Korea Sanctions Taskforce”

SNIPPET: “The U.S. is stepping up pressure on North Korea by launching a taskforce to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1874. The interagency taskforce to enforce sanctions against North Korea was launched Friday to coordinate actions with other nations in implementing the UN resolution, including searches of outbound North Korean ships and aircraft and international financial sanctions.

U.S. President Barack Obama appointed former U.S. ambassador to Bolivia Philip Goldberg to lead the team, sending him to China in the near future to discuss sanctions on the North. “

Jun. 29, 2009 09:28 KST

#

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2009/06/26/2009062600731.html

“U.S. Biding Its Time Over Suspicious N.Korean Ship”

SNIPPET: “The United States is apparently watching several North Korean ships apart from the Kangnam now being tracked for suspected violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1874. When questioned on the matter Wednesday, U.S. Defense Department spokesman Geoff Morrell said, “As far as I know, it’s the only ship that we have tracked like this. There are other — there are — we have had interest in many ships over the years coming out of North Korea.”

“The U.S. Navy has been instructed to monitor all ships that leave North Korea for foreign countries,” a senior U.S. diplomatic source said.”

Jun. 26, 2009 11:55 KST


16 posted on 06/29/2009 12:16:01 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: All

stepping back in time to June 3, 2009:

Note: Photo included.

Quote:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/dprk/html/tongchang-ni_launchpad_dg_090603.htm

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Pong-Dong-Ni Missile and Space Launch Facility
Tongchang-Ni
Tongchang-ni Launchpad Overview

New imagery as of 3 June 2009 of the launch site at Tongchang-ni shows that the umbilical tower and movable launch pad appear to be operational.
Image Credit: DigitalGlobe.


17 posted on 06/29/2009 12:20:36 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2282204/posts

“N. Korea enriching uranium as leader’s health may be relapsing: S. Korea”
Yonhap News ^ | 06/30/09
Posted on June 29, 2009 10:09:24 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster


18 posted on 06/29/2009 10:31:58 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All; sonofstrangelove

Thanks to sonofstrangelove for the ping to this thread.

Note: The following post is a quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2283890/posts

NKorea likely to fire short-range missiles: report
Associated Press ^ | 7/1/2009 | AP
Posted on July 1, 2009 11:15:40 PM PDT by sonofstrangelove

North Korea is “highly likely” to fire short-range missiles off its east coast after issuing a fresh warning to shipping to stay clear of some areas, according to a South Korean newspaper.

“It is highly likely that the North will launch missiles” from bases in the eastern provinces of Kangwon and South Hamkyong, the JoongAng Ilbo quoted an intelligence source as saying.

The communist state has responded defiantly to UN condemnation of its long-range rocket launch in April and of its May nuclear test, vowing to bolster its defences.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


19 posted on 07/01/2009 11:22:49 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2283109/posts

“N. Korean rocket could potentially hit half the U.S.: American scientists”
Yonhap ^
Posted on July 1, 2009 2:59:40 AM PDT by maquiladora

SEOUL, July 1 (Yonhap) — The long-range rocket North Korea launched in April could be converted into a ballistic missile capable of striking half of the continental U.S., two American physicists have concluded in a joint study.


20 posted on 07/01/2009 11:30:54 PM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following post is a quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2283196/posts

N Korea issues navigation ban for ‘military drill’
Zee News ^ | July 01
Posted on July 1, 2009 6:16:02 AM PDT by maquiladora

Tokyo, July 01: (Kyodo) North Korea has issued navigation bans for 10 coastal sites along the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea citing military exercises, the Japan Coast Guard on Wednesday said.

The latest move covers seven sites located off the Sea of Japan coast and three sites in waters off the Yellow Sea, the coast guard said, adding that it was informed of the bans by the North Korean government via e-mail.

The new bans indicate that North Korea is preparing for newer missile launches, official sources stated.

Pyongyang test-fired a long range missile on April 5 and conducted its second nuclear test as well as launching three short-range missiles on May 25, after issuing similar navigation bans. (Kyodo)


21 posted on 07/01/2009 11:32:47 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://sitrep.globalsecurity.org/articles/090701403-the-six-party-talks-on-north-k.htm

“The Six-Party Talks on North Korea’s Nuclear Program”
Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on 07/01/2009 :: Permalink


22 posted on 07/01/2009 11:34:27 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy
Yes. They can use the uranium to make a gun-type weapon. Similar to one that hit Hiroshima.They have plenty of them in their reactors.
23 posted on 07/01/2009 11:35:19 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld (A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone-Henry Kissinger)
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To: sonofstrangelove

“They have plenty of them in their reactors. “

That’s too bad (understatement).


24 posted on 07/01/2009 11:36:23 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Smart little devils. They also have uranium mines in North Korea so they would take it from there or from a off-shore country.


25 posted on 07/01/2009 11:41:51 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld (A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone-Henry Kissinger)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Yep.


26 posted on 07/01/2009 11:44:44 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Or they make a nuclear artillery shell. We developed a 280 mm artillery shell that used uranium. In fact, that was the produced a 15 kiloton explosion. The name of the project was Operation:Grabel under the Plumbob series


27 posted on 07/01/2009 11:59:38 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld (A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone-Henry Kissinger)
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If anyone would like to see the video you can see the actual shot. I have it linked.


28 posted on 07/02/2009 12:04:12 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld (A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone-Henry Kissinger)
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Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.defenselink.mil//news/newsarticle.aspx?id=54990

News
American Forces Press Service
North Korean Missile Launch ‘Not Unexpected,’ Official Says
By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2009 – North Korea’s launch of four short-range missiles yesterday didn’t surprise Defense Department officials, a Pentagon spokesman said today.

“What’s fair to say is that North Korea, [and its] behavior, continues to be unpredictable,” Bryan Whitman said, noting the activity “was not unexpected.”

Whitman said he doesn’t know of any specific violations of a June 12 United Nations Security Council nonproliferation resolution on North Korea associated with the launch.

North Korea has been the subject of near-universal condemnation since conducting a nuclear test in April. It also has tested intercontinental and intermediate-range missile technology.

A defense official, speaking on background, said he sees the reason for the launches as two-fold. The first is increased capability due to the improvement of North Korea’s missile systems. The second is that the country is using the actions to improve its position when dealing with the international community, which by all indications, he said, is having the reverse effect.

While this hypothesis isn’t unfounded, he said, it doesn’t negate the fact that the act should be cause for concern.

“I think that North Korea is looking for attention, and this is one of the ways that they seek to get attention,” the defense official said. “I don’t want to give the sense that there isn’t concern. There’s great concern about this unpredictable and dangerous activity that’s taking place.”

In fact, the country’s development of its nuclear program, as well as its continual improvement, testing, and exercising of ballistic missile capabilities and its proliferation activities, should be cause for concern, the official said.

“It’s the combination of all of these things,” he said. “It’s the direction in which North Korea continues to head that should cause not only the United States, but [also] the international community at large, some concern.”


29 posted on 07/02/2009 11:12:34 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/burma/index

#

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2284673/posts

“Burma, North Korea Said To Expand Military Ties (No.3 man’s secret visit to NK last Nov )”
Salem-News ^ | 07/02/09 | Kyaw Min Htun
Posted on July 2, 2009 11:08:51 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

#

Previously...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2278989/posts

“N. KOREA “HELPING BURMA WITH WMD” (TOP STORY!)”
Chosun Ilbo News, Seoul ^ | 25 June 2009 (59th anniversary of start of Korean War) | Chosun Ilbo, Seoul, S. Korea (English)
Posted on June 25, 2009 12:55:56 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo


30 posted on 07/02/2009 11:30:26 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Jet Jaguar; Oorang; All

Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/tg191.htm

June 30, 2009
TG-191

Treasury Targets North Korea’s Missile Proliferation Network

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today targeted North Korea’s missile proliferation network by designating Hong Kong Electronics under Executive Order 13382. E.O. 13382 freezes the assets of designated proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters and prohibits U.S. persons from engaging in any transactions with them, thereby isolating them from the U.S. financial and commercial systems. Hong Kong Electronics, located in Kish Island, Iran, has been designated for providing support to North Korea’s Tanchon Commercial Bank (Tanchon) and Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation (KOMID).

Tanchon and KOMID have also been designated by the United States under E.O. 13382 and the UN Security Council under Resolution 1718. The Department of State also today targeted North Korea’s nuclear proliferation network by designating Namchongang Trading Corporation (NCG), a North Korean nuclear-related company in Pyongyang, under E.O. 13382.

“North Korea uses front companies like Hong Kong Electronics and a range of other deceptive practices to obscure the true nature of its financial dealings, making it nearly impossible for responsible banks and governments to distinguish legitimate from illegitimate North Korean transactions,” said Stuart Levey, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. “Today’s action is a part of our overall effort to prevent North Korea from misusing the international financial system to advance its nuclear and missile programs and to sell dangerous technology around the world.”

Since 2007, Hong Kong Electronics has transferred millions of dollars of proliferation- related funds on behalf of Tanchon and KOMID. Hong Kong Electronics has also facilitated the movement of money from Iran to North Korea on behalf of KOMID. Tanchon, a commercial bank based in Pyongyang, North Korea, is the financial arm for KOMID - North Korea’s premier arms dealer and main exporter of goods and equipment related to ballistic missiles and conventional weapons.

Tanchon plays a key role in financing the sales of ballistic missiles for KOMID. Tanchon has also been involved in financing ballistic missile sales from KOMID to Iran’s Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG), which is the Iranian organization responsible for developing liquid-fueled missiles. SHIG has been designated under E.O. 13382 and sanctioned by the United Nations under UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1737. Since 2005, Tanchon has maintained an active relationship with various branches of Iran’s Bank Sepah, an entity designated under E.O. 13382 and sanctioned by the United Nations under UNSCR 1747, for providing financial services to Iran’s missile program. The U.S. has reason to believe that the Tanchon-Bank Sepah relationship has been used for North Korea-Iran proliferation-related transactions.

For additional information on the Department of State’s designation of Namchongang Trading Corporation, please visit http://state.gov/press.

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31 posted on 07/03/2009 12:14:58 AM PDT by Cindy
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SKorea says NKorea fires 4 missiles off east coast
AP from Yahoo ^ | July 4, 2009 | KWANG-TAE KIM
Posted on July 3, 2009 11:34:40 PM PDT by AH_LiveRight

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea fired four missiles off its eastern coast Saturday, South Korea said, in what was likely to be seen as a message of defiance to the United States on its Independence Day holiday.

The launches, which came two days after North Korea fired four short-range missiles, could further escalate tensions in the region as the U.S. tries to muster support for tough enforcement of the U.N. resolution imposed on the communist regime for its May nuclear test.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said three missiles were fired early Saturday and the fourth at about noon but declined to elaborate on the type.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted military officials as saying the missiles appeared to be a type of Scud missile. North Korea’s Scuds are considered short-range, South Korea’s military said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


32 posted on 07/04/2009 12:58:35 AM PDT by Cindy
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VIDEO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVvdJ9moUq8

“BREAKING NEWS: North Korea Launches 6 Missiles”

Video Description:

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North Korea launches 6 missiles off its eastern coast likely meant as a message to the U.S. as it celebrates the Independence Day Holiday.
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33 posted on 07/04/2009 1:45:46 AM PDT by Cindy
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NEW THREAD:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2285427/posts

“SKorea says North fires 7 missiles off east coast”
Miami Herald ^ | July 4, 2009 | KWANG-TAE KIM
Posted on July 4, 2009 7:46:15 AM PDT by IbJensen


34 posted on 07/04/2009 8:00:38 AM PDT by Cindy
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