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Still falling for this Bogeyman shit?

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http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE55151Z20090603

North Korea "preparing long-range missile launch"

Wed Jun 3, 2009 5:24am EDT

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea is assembling a missile that could hit U.S. soil and may test-launch it as early as this month, a newspaper reported, as a U.S. envoy on Wednesday urged Pyongyang to cease provocations and return to disarmament talks.

The hermit state's nuclear test last week, putting it closer to having a working atomic weapon, has already prompted U.S. and South Korean forces to raise their military alert for the divided peninsula.

North Korea, which began ratcheting up regional tensions when it fired a long-ranged rocket over Japan in April, also test-fired a barrage of short-range missiles last week and threatened to attack the South.

"The ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) is covered up so it's tough to be absolutely clear but it looks similar to the Taepodong-2 fired in April but longer," the JoongAng Ilbo quoted a South Korean government source as saying.

The April launch of a rocket that flew more than 3,000 km (1,800 miles) but short of the 4,800 km needed to strike Alaska triggered tightened U.N. Security Council sanctions that Pyongyang called unacceptable, threatening to launch an ICBM unless the world body apologized.

The newspaper said the missile has been moved to a hangar for assembly at the North's newly built west coast Tongchang-ri missile range for a launch that could come as early as mid-June.

The launch area is about 90 km (55 miles) west of Yongbyon, the North's main nuclear complex. However, weapons experts say the impoverished state does not yet have the technology to turn its nuclear material into a warhead to put onto a missile.

It also looks ready to test launch three to four mid-range missiles with ranges that can hit all of South Korea and most of Japan, South Korean lawmakers said on Tuesday after a defense briefing.

"Now is the time for North Korea, rather than continuing to take more dangerous and provocative actions, to recognize that the better course is to re-engage and to get back on the path of negotiations toward denuclearization," U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg said after meeting foreign ministry officials in Seoul.

DYNASTIC CHANGE

Local financial markets appeared to take comfort from a growing view that the provocative behavior was aimed at resolving domestic issues rather than signaling impending military action.

"Yes, North Korea's actions cause worries. But investors do not think they are detrimental. Most think their latest actions have something to do with strengthening Kim's successor," said Y.S. Rhoo, a market analyst at Hyundai Securities.

The main Seoul stock index has increased about 9 percent since the April rocket launch. Foreign investors have been net buyers of stocks for 14 days in a row, the longest buying streak in four years.

The growing military tension has come amid reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, whose country's economy has only grown weaker under his "military first" rule, is moving to anoint his youngest son as heir to the family dynasty.

A number of analysts said the latest military grandstanding was designed to give Kim, whose power base stems from his support for the military, greater leverage over power elites at home to nominate his successor.

A senior U.S. official in Washington said now that Kim appears to have set up Kim Jong-un as official heir, the North may start to reduce tensions.

Experts said North Korea, thought before the May test to have enough plutonium for six to eight nuclear bombs, would need extensive additional testing to develop a working nuclear device it could mount on a warhead.

The Pentagon says its own tests show it is now better able to shoot down any long-range missiles from North Korea.

(Additional reporting by Park Jung-youn; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Jonathan Thatcher and Alex Richardson)

Sound familiar? Just when the US is trying to manage spiralling twin deficits and the largest financial collapse since WWII, along comes another would-be challenger to knock the wind out of their sails just as they're trying to get back on their feet.

At it's height, British colonies around the world were at war constantly, defending the empire.

Looks like it could be America's turn, provoked by Asia, both economically and militarily.

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US getting ready to shoot it down:

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE55203Z20090603

U.S. improves ability to hit N.Korean missiles: general

Wed Jun 3, 2009 1:27am EDT

By Jim Wolf

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has fine-tuned its ability to shoot down long-range missiles that could be launched by North Korea based on a trio of tests mimicking such an attack, the head of the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency said Tuesday.

"We have made adjustments to give ourselves even higher confidence, even though we have intercepted three out of three times in that scenario," Army Lieutenant General Patrick O'Reilly told a missile-defense conference at the Pentagon's National Defense University.

O'Reilly, in response to a question, said U.S. ability to hit a specific spot on the target missile had improved "dramatically" during the tests. The last test simulating a North Korean attack took place December 5.

"So, do I think it is likely that you're going to intercept if somebody launches out of there?" he said. "Yes, I do. And the basis is those three tests and what we know about that threat."

Any decision to try to knock out a missile launched by Pyongyang would be made by U.S. national command authorities headed by President Barack Obama.

South Korean media have reported that Pyongyang may this month test a missile designed to fly as far as U.S. soil. Last week, North Korea conducted a nuclear test, test-fired a barrage of short-range missiles and threatened to attack the South, raising tension to one of its highest levels since the 1950-53 Korean War.

The North appears to be preparing to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile with an estimated range of 2,500-4,000 miles from a west coast base, the daily JoongAng Ilbo has cited South Korean intelligence sources as saying.

Pressed to quantify the extent of his confidence in a successful shootdown using U.S. ground-based interceptor missiles, O'Reilly stopped short of saying this was "highly" likely.

"I'm not going to let you put words in my mouth," he said. "Because I don't know the definition between 'highly' and 'likely.' But, yes, I do believe it's likely we're going to have a successful intercept against that capability based on the data I've seen."

The sole U.S. bulwark against long-range ballistic missiles is a network of interceptors based in underground silos since 2004 in Fort Greely, Alaska, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Boeing Co. is the prime contractor of the system, known as the ground-based midcourse defense. Top subcontractors include Northrop Grumman Corp., Raytheon Co. and Orbital Sciences Corp.

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Taxi drivers with a 'portfolio'? Three sunny holidays a year? Come on folks!

Wow.

Why exactly are taxi drivers not permitted to own shares ?

And why exactly can those who have earned the money for it not go abroad a certain number

of times per year ?

Admittedly, in North Korea such things are not allowed (the drone workers must slave to provide

swimming pools for the elite and provide armaments to parade on telly).

But I think in this country we are still allowed to invest as we see fit and to travel as we are able.

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I may have missed the HPC discussion on the divisiveness of the North Korea story...

there is a stream of thought that says this is mis-information AvidFan. :)

a ruse to confuse:

http://www.enterprisecorruption.com/wp-con...jun-01-10ss.jpg

edited - read about half way down this link:

this link

some stuff on this very subject....

Edited by grumpy-old-man-returns

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Can it hit Alaska within 45 minutes?

Do they have photos of the missile being assembled?

but...but...but sky news said it so it must be true. I mean the media wouldn't lie to us or try to steer our thoughts....surely..... :ph34r:

did anyone see the reporter who was discussing the french air crash just after it had been reported?

can you remember the word he was trying to push out & how many times he said it. The guy from the airlines was getting really p1ssed off with him. :ph34r:

Edited by grumpy-old-man-returns

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The UK is heading towards a Perfect Storm: serious recession, parliament in turmoil, a prime minister who's cracking up, and now the possibility of America dragging us into another war.

yep, & a hyper-inflationary monetary holocaust, 100% correct, guaranteed. ;)

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The trifecta of UK downfall is: economy, government, EU.

There will be no war with NK, and the UK would most definitely NOT engage, even if there was.

Stop talking shite the lot of you.

Ultimately, the downfall of the UK stemmed from a lack of morality fed by a steady and ugly stream of greed and self-indulgence.

Come on? Taxi drivers with a 'portfolio'? Three sunny holidays a year? Come on folks!

Edited by cashinmattress

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The trifecta of UK downfall is: economy, government, EU.

There will be no war with NK, and the UK would most definitely NOT engage, even if there was.

Stop talking shite the lot of you.

Ultimately, the downfall of the UK stemmed from a lack of morality fed by a steady and ugly stream of greed and self-indulgence.

Come on? Taxi drivers with a 'portfolio'? Three sunny holidays a year? Come on folks!

agreed.

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Can it hit Alaska within 45 minutes?

Do they have photos of the missile being assembled?

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