Put an AEGIS ship in international waters. . . and as soon as it leaves NK airspace. . . .shoot it down. Oopsie. . .
Yeah, like President Snowball wants to upset one of his few remaining allies by shooting down an ICBM.
Look at the night satellite image of the Japan Sea. No night lights at all in N. Korea but massive lights in S. Korea and Japan. A 40 mile high nuclear explosion over the middle of the Sea of Japan would EMP most of Japan and all of S. Korea with virtually no effect on N. Korea.
A successful satellite at 250 miles over Omaha would EMP the entire USA causing the eventual deaths of 90% of the US population.
No that would reduce our carbon footprint.
The only difference between a satellite launch (attempt) and an ICBM test is the payload. Both test the rest of the vehicle, stressing it and exercising the components. And if your “satellite” launch is unsuccessful - doesn’t achieve orbit and instead re-enters the atmosphere... You just tested your RV too. Satellite launch my xxx.
SBX anywhere? http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0CFcQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aviationweek.com%2FArticle.aspx%3Fid%3D%2Farticle-xml%2Fawx_02_13_2012_p0-424718.xml&ei=nfzBUInqAszEqQGnkoCQCw&usg=AFQjCNEmOme1BQ2zEEa-UpvWaSChKPmOSw&cad=rja
It almost appears that we spent $1B to build it and do not want to use it. Although:
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/12/06/2012120601027.html says, "A South Korean military source on Wednesday said the U.S. will send the same SBX to the Western Pacific as it did in April."
Gee, what are we going to do about it? Put a missile on Hillary’s broom and send her to Korea?