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North Korea fires 2 missiles as its rivals meet
AP via Yahoo! ^ | 2 hours ago | Associated Press By JUNG-YOON CHOI and FOSTER KLUG

Posted on 03/26/2014 12:55:01 AM PDT by F15Eagle

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday, South Korea and the U.S. said, a defiant challenge to a rare three-way summit of its rivals Seoul, Tokyo and Washington that focused on the North's security threat.

The launch of the Rodong missiles — for the first time since 2009 — violates U.N. Security Council resolutions and marks a big escalation from a series of shorter-range rocket launches the North has staged in recent weeks to protest ongoing annual military drills by the U.S. and South Korea that Pyongyang claims are invasion preparation.

The missiles flew about 650 kilometers (400 miles) off North Korea's east coast early Wednesday morning, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said. It wasn't immediately clear where the missiles splashed down. Kim said the missiles were likely fired from a mobile launcher.

The North's arsenal of an estimated 300 Rodong missiles could in theory be fitted with nuclear warheads — once Pyongyang masters the ability to miniaturize atomic bombs — and, with a range of up to 1,300 kilometers (800 miles), could reach Tokyo and key U.S. military bases in Japan.

The U.S. State Department later confirmed the launch of Rodong missiles and said North Korea apparently didn't issue any maritime warning.

The launch comes on the fourth anniversary of the sinking of a South Korean warship that Seoul and other nations blame on a North Korean torpedo. Pyongyang denies involvement in the attack, which killed 46 sailors.

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


TOPICS: Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; japan; nkorea; northkorea; pyongyang; republicofkorea
Well, that was bound to be next. Time for more golf and vacations.
1 posted on 03/26/2014 12:55:02 AM PDT by F15Eagle
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To: F15Eagle

“Oh goodie, fireworks!”


2 posted on 03/26/2014 1:24:50 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Screw the farmers. I can get everything I need at the grocery store.)
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To: F15Eagle
Ut oh ....they're going to get a strongly worded letter from Barry

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3 posted on 03/26/2014 1:41:54 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee
"Ut oh ....they're going to get a strongly worded letter from Barry."

Several of their upper echelon will get sanctions.
He will ground the ROD-MAN and not allow him to go there for three whole weeks. . . . .

4 posted on 03/26/2014 1:46:54 AM PDT by DeaconRed (We must save our country. We owe it to our brave founding Fathers.)
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To: F15Eagle

The way they pop these things off 2 and 3 at a time whenever they get upset, there won’t be any left.


5 posted on 03/26/2014 3:19:32 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: F15Eagle
Time for even more US military cuts.


6 posted on 03/26/2014 5:38:43 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Thanks F15Eagle.
The launch of the Rodong missiles — for the first time since 2009 — violates U.N. Security Council resolutions and marks a big escalation from a series of shorter-range rocket launches the North has staged in recent weeks to protest ongoing annual military drills by the U.S. and South Korea...

7 posted on 03/26/2014 6:49:54 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Speaking of launches...

The launch of Expedition 39/40′s Steve Swanson, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev in Kazakhstan as seen from space. Picture captured by NASA’s Rick Mastracchio aboard the International Space Station on March 25, 2014.
Credit: Rick Mastracchio

8 posted on 03/26/2014 6:56:42 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: F15Eagle
Hagel in a briefing with Obama and Kerry!


9 posted on 03/26/2014 6:57:18 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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> NASA’s Rick Mastracchio

I loved him in “My Cousin Vinny”. Wait, that’s not right...


10 posted on 03/26/2014 7:08:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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