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Increased activity at Musudan-ri indicates N. Korea preparing for another rocket launch
Yonhap News ^ | 2013/02/15

Posted on 02/14/2013 7:45:49 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster

2013/02/15 10:53 KST

Increased activity at Musudan-ri indicates N. Korea preparing for another rocket launch

SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Yonhap) -- Recent progress in the construction of new facilities and a general increase in activity at North Korea's Musudan-ri launch site may be an indication that the belligerent nation might launch another rocket following the detonation of its third nuclear device, a Web site specializing in North Korean affairs said Friday.

"Construction of new facilities at the Tonghae Satellite launching ground, previously disrupted by typhoons that ravaged the east coast last summer, has made important progress since late Oct. 2012," U.S. Web site "38 North" said in a posting, referring to the launch pad.

Satellite imagery of the location confirmed that measures are underway to "possibly modify it in preparation for an upcoming test of a liquid-fueled rocket," the posting said.

For the upcoming test, the country may launch a KN-08 long-range missile or another version of the Unha rocket, which the country launched in December last year, the Web site said, citing media speculations.

38 North also said that "imagery of the new launch pad and support buildings indicate that Pyongyang will be able to test rockets perhaps three to four times the size of the Unha when construction is completed, possibly in 2016."

Pyongyang's rocket program may be receiving assistance from Iran, 38 North claimed, citing a new flame trench covering to protect large rockets from gas exhaust at the North launch pad, which the Web site said is similar to the covering used at a new launch pad at the Semnan Launch Complex in Iran.

The Tonghae launch ground is one of the North's two major launching locations. It was used when the country launched the Taepodong-1 missile in 1998 and the Unha rockets in 2006 and 2009.

The country used its west coast launch ground, also known as Tongchang-ri, for the launch of two rockets last year.

Meanwhile, after receiving heavy flak for the Feb. 12 test of a nuclear bomb, the North said it plans to take further actions, which could include the launch of more rockets or another nuclear test.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: musudanri; nkorea; rocket
Whatever. It is a certainty that they will launch a rocket and another nuke. Both will be done over short period of time.

What does NK get in return? Reduce supply of oil from China for about a couple of weeks. Scrapping a joint business venture which is doomed anyway. Then go back to business usual.

U.S. ? U.S. and China agree to 100% blockade of the Fat Boy's cognac and smartphone supply. Suspending one or two bank accounts NK uses. NK will find another one on assumed name. There are many who are happy to loan their account in exchange for a little cut. Finally, issue another warning that U.S. will do something really really bad if NK crosses another red line, which NK knows it can cross with impunity except another loud rhetoric from U.S. (and China.)

I don't expect anything anymore unless both decide to go for broke on this issue.

1 posted on 02/14/2013 7:46:00 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...

P!


2 posted on 02/14/2013 7:47:07 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Unless they pop one in the atmosphere. Then all bets are off.

/johnny

3 posted on 02/14/2013 7:48:50 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Bump


4 posted on 02/14/2013 7:50:33 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Susan Rice will do the “usual drill”. That oughtta shake Kim3 up.

not


5 posted on 02/14/2013 7:53:11 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

If we had an American in the White House, I wouldn’t worry so much about this. Surprise EMP or city attack? Then “we can’t retaliate, that’d hurt innocent people, blah, blah, blah...”


6 posted on 02/14/2013 7:53:11 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
'What difference does it make?'
7 posted on 02/14/2013 7:58:06 PM PST by traumer
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To: TigerLikesRooster

All they need is about a 10kt nuke lobbed about 50km above Wichita, KS or so, and it’s LIGHTS OUT in the US. Forever.


8 posted on 02/14/2013 8:06:14 PM PST by backwoods-engineer ("Remember: Evil exists because good men don't kill the gov officials committing it." -- K. Hoffmann)
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To: backwoods-engineer

Unlikely. There were megaton devices set off at altitude over the Pacific in the 1950’s. (That’s how we discovered EMP in the first place.). Last I checked, Hawaii hadn’t reverted to the stone age.


9 posted on 02/14/2013 8:16:58 PM PST by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: backwoods-engineer

They haven’t even made a 10kt charge yet, and I think their “nukes” are just large charges of urea/nitrate fertilizer they get for free from South Korea (they’ve received 1,000,000 tons free in the last 10 years) to simulate a nuke. The real nuke will come not from the plutonium bombin’ NK but from the weaponized uranium Iran.

North Korea knows that any missile with a nuclear signature will be shot down by 4-20 Aegis ships before it even gets CLOSE to the atmosphere.


10 posted on 02/14/2013 8:31:31 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

11 posted on 02/14/2013 8:35:40 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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I don’t know why the DPRK thinks they are so hot. Imagine if the Japs put all their time into making cool weapons instead of cool toys. You think that’s a pokemon? Guess again. The South Koreans are no push overs either.


12 posted on 02/14/2013 8:40:37 PM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: backwoods-engineer

There’s an immense amount of ill-informed EMP hype out there.


13 posted on 02/14/2013 8:45:23 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: struggle
North Korea knows that any missile with a nuclear signature will be shot down by 4-20 Aegis ships before it even gets CLOSE to the atmosphere.

There won't be an Aegis BMD missile with even the slightest capability of intercepting an ICBM till 2020 at the earliest.

14 posted on 02/14/2013 8:54:09 PM PST by Strategerist
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Are you kidding? Aegis can shoot satellites out of orbit.


15 posted on 02/14/2013 8:58:09 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: BBell
Because they won't act, while NK can. Folks in both countries lost their sense of existential threat. Not just them, though. U.S. are in the same both as well.

Response to existential threat requires drastic action which, in turn, requires sacrifices.

Everybody is busy to rationalize it away into a problem of marginal danger.

N. Korea and China seem to enjoy playing this came. Their action leads to the situation where so many are dead to the point that death becomes mere statistic.

16 posted on 02/14/2013 8:59:55 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Not just them, though. U.S. are in the same bothboat as well.
17 posted on 02/14/2013 9:02:11 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

They are just embarrassing Obama and the USA. Problem is that too many Americans are busy at the mall, playing with their smart phones or chatting on Facebook. Sooner or later we will all pay the price.


18 posted on 02/14/2013 9:29:41 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Yet another triumph for “smart power.”


19 posted on 02/14/2013 9:35:07 PM PST by Trod Upon (The Second Amendment acknowledges our inherent right to revolt if tyrannized.)
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To: Wiggins

I hope you don’t die for their mistake. A patriot does not have to die to save idiots so that they can continue their stupidity. It is they who have to die. Wrong people paying a price for the mess others created. Now that’s injustice.


20 posted on 02/14/2013 10:06:03 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: BBell
I don’t know why the DPRK thinks they are so hot. Imagine if the Japs put all their time into making cool weapons instead of cool toys. You think that’s a pokemon? Guess again. The South Koreans are no push overs either.

"Civilized" people don't act, they react. And in this topsy-turvy world, they then show restraint to ensure that the bad guys get multiple chances.

21 posted on 02/15/2013 4:50:55 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: backwoods-engineer
Re-reading your post again ... 50 km is only 80,0000 feet. You could stand directly under a 10kt airburst at 80,000 feet and suffer no ill effects whatsoever, as long as you didn't look directly at the flash without eye protection.

To get EMP effects at all, the detonation altitude would need to be closer to 500 km. I'm sure that a 10 KT device would cause measurable effects, but "lights out in the US forever" would require much higher yields.

22 posted on 02/15/2013 4:51:26 AM PST by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I used to think an EMP reset would be a bad thing, now I wonder!


23 posted on 02/15/2013 6:12:59 AM PST by Captain PJ (Are we there yet?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Move Vandenberg AFB high altitude intercept and destroy assets wit Japanese Government approval, to the US Air Base at Misawa in northern Japan. Then preposition for a SHOOT DOWN of DPRK's missile as it ascends over the Sea of Japan toward a Pacific Ocean prior to or during or immediately after stage separations. I say, this time, dont just roll out the PAC-3 and Aegis ships and be in a defensive high alert mode, Inform them that we are going "offensive", and it WILL BE SHOT DOWN, UNDER AUTHORITY OF U.N. RESOLUTIONS. Otherwise, they will NOT stop!! I believe as an act of self defense, Japan need not even have to revise its Article 9 in the Constitution to do this. Certainly a bilateral agreement (under a decent US President), could be made with Tokyo quickly. If not, position the assets to Hawaii or Midway Islands and shoot the DPRK ICBM missile or warhead down from there. ENOUGH TALK AND SCOLDING THEM, ,AND WARNING THEM THEY WILL BE ISOLATED IN THE WORLD COMMUNITY BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT GIVE A CRAP ABOUT BEING "ISOLATED". THESE EMPTY PLEAS BY OBAMA ET AL FALL ON DEAF NORTH KOREAN EARS
24 posted on 02/15/2013 12:14:14 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Global tyrants deserve Mussolini Treatment: Hung up by the heels after the sh*t kicked out of them)
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They should not announce it. Just move in and act if their rocket blasts off. They will know anyway. Russians and Chinese are not blind. They will pick up U.S. movements and demand to know what is going on. Then just answer them, "We are doing what is necessary. You won't suffer any damage from this. Now go home."

Somehow Zero in charge, I doubt that this will happen. I also doubt that it would not have happened under Bush II with Condi and Jong Hill running the show.

25 posted on 02/16/2013 2:46:44 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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Here we go again. And now for Susan Rice to do the usual drill.


26 posted on 02/16/2013 4:27:26 PM PST by rdl6989
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maybe Russian nuclear bombers can come and watch too?


27 posted on 02/16/2013 4:28:37 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Hey Tiger today or tommrowo is Chia Pet birthday OH How sweettttt

LOL!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9874784/North-Koreans-remember-Kim-Jong-il-on-late-leaders-71st-birthday.html


28 posted on 02/16/2013 6:20:04 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Hey Tiger today or tommrowo is Chia Pet birthday OH How sweettttt

LOL!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9874784/North-Koreans-remember-Kim-Jong-il-on-late-leaders-71st-birthday.html


29 posted on 02/16/2013 6:20:14 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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