Archive for July 4th, 2006

North Korea Long-Range Intercontinental Missile Fails

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Well, the crazy, two-bit, petty dictator of North Korea went ahead and fired his missile, on the Birthday of the United States, by the way, but the missile failed and blew up.
It looks like he’s still a crazy, two-bit, petty dictator.

WASHINGTON — North Korea test-launched at least five missiles Wednesday, including a long-range Taepodong-2 believed capable of reaching the United States, in a display of bravado that defied stern warnings from Washington and Tokyo, officials said.
U.S. officials said the long-range missile failed after 35 seconds, and the rest were short-range missiles that did not pose an immediate threat to North Korea’s neighbors. The short-range missiles landed in the Sea of Japan.
Still, the White House described the tests as “a provocation” and Tokyo said it was considering sanctions. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported as many as 10 missiles may have been launched, but officials could not confirm that.
The audacious military exercise by the isolated communist nation came as the United States celebrated its Independance Day holiday and launched the space shuttle Discovery from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
“We are urgently consulting with members of the Security Council,” said John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Thomas Schieffer, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, called the launches “a provocative act.”
Two U.S. State Department officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the long-range missile was the Taepodong-2, North Korea’s most advanced missile with a range of up to 15,000 kilometers (9,320 miles). Experts believe it could reach the United States with a light payload.
Japan also immediately protested the tests.
“We will take stern measures,” said chief government spokesman Shinzo Abe, adding that sanctions were a possibility. He said the launch violated a longstanding moratorium, and that Tokyo was not given prior notification by Pyongyang.
The launch came after weeks of speculation that the North was preparing to test the Taepodong-2 from a site on its northeast coast.
The missiles all landed hundreds of kilometers (miles) away from Japan, Abe said. He said the first missile was launched at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, or about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday EDT. Abe said the third launch was of a long-range missile, but he could not confirm if it was a Taepodong-2 or the older Taepodong-1.
If the timing is correct, the North Korean missiles were launched within minutes of Tuesday’s liftoff of Discovery, which blasted into orbit from Cape Canaveral in the first U.S. space shuttle launch in a year.

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Happy Independence Day!!

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Independence Day and stays safe.
Take a moment to Thank God for this great nation, founded under God, that allows us to worship the Lord.
-Steve