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China-Japan-Koreas
Norks launch missile
2012-12-12
The BBC article has a map showing the polar launch trajectory.
Isolated and starving impoverished North Korea has launched its second long-range rocket of 2012 in what it said was a bid to put a satellite into space. The North launched the rocket close to the first anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong-il and as elections loom in South Korea and Japan.

The launch, reported by South Korean media, was confirmed by South Korea's Defence Ministry.

The latest launch comes after a failed attempt in April that fizzled less than two minutes after blast-off.

Japan and South Korea put their armed forces on alert prior to the launch. The rocket is scheduled to pass between the Korean peninsula and China, with a second stage splashing down off the Philippines before launching the satellite into orbit.

Most political analysts believe the launch is designed to bolster the credentials of new leader Pudgy Kim Jong-un as he cements his rule over the country of 22 million people.
Exactly how that works in a country of starving people I'm not sure...
Plans for the launch has drawn criticism from South Korea, Russia, Japan and the United States as well as NATO and the United Nations. The North's only major diplomatic ally, China, has expressed "deep concern" over the launch but is thought unlikely to back any further sanctions against its ally.
Posted by:Steve White

#7  The PRE-DRUDGE Latest ..

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > NORTH KOREA LAUNCHES ITS FIRST NATIONAL SATELLITE SUCCESSFULLY.

* SAME > NO DEBRIS FELL INTO JAPAN'S TERRITORY - XINHUA: JAPAN'S GOVT.

* SAME > JAPAN TO CONVENE [UNO]SECURITY COUNCIL ON DPRK'S ROCKET LAUNCH.

Both China + Russia have expressed their formal
"regrets" about North Korea's wily dastardly contrary-to-the-UN action.

* SAME > FIRST STAGE OF DPRK'S ROCKET LAUNCH LANDED ON WEST SIDE OF SOUTH KOREA'S BYEONGSAN BANDO - YONHAP.

* SAME > NORAD: NORTH KOREA APPEARS TO HAVE ORBITED "AN OBJECT".

* SAME > DPRK'S SATELLITE KWANGMYONGSONG-3 ["Optical Star-3"] ENTERS PRE-SET ORBIT: KCNA.


versus

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Asahi News = AJW] SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH INDICATES NORTH KOREA ADVANCING ON MISSLE TECHNOLOGY, espec Military-oriented Techs = ICBM?

* SAME > NORTH KOREA ROCKET LAUNCH DEMONSTRATES KEY ELEMENTS FOR ICBM.

* SAME > [Washington Times] NORTH KOREA ROCKET LAUNCH SETS STAGE FOR [future] MISSLE THAT COULD HIT ALASKA, HAWAII.

And by definition also SSSSSSHHHH ...CCCCCC MOSCOW + [*** cough *** cough **] BEIJING.

* SAME > [Chosun Ilbo] US CURBS ON SOUTH KOREAN MISSLES ARE ABSURD AND RISKY. US indirectly putting Balance of Power in NE Asia in jeopardy.
Posted by: JosephMendiola   2012-12-12 23:32  

#6  With a polar trajectory the Norks can at least pretend it was a satellite launch. And keep the Nipponese from shooting it down.
Posted by: SteveS   2012-12-12 16:28  

#5  Hey ... some kinda' fortune cookie just landed in my backyard and it's still smoking. Do ya' think I should try to touch it?!
Posted by: Raider   2012-12-12 16:27  

#4  Surely?

Isolated and ronery impoverished North Korea
Posted by: Bright Pebbles   2012-12-12 13:21  

#3  I ASSUME the X37-B has a smallish laser that'll snip a few wires.
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2012-12-12 03:14  

#2  Unmanned US shuttle X37-B launched on 3rd flight 12/11/12.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418   2012-12-12 02:04  

#1  FTA: North Korea's only major diplomatic ally, China, has expressed BS over the launch.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418   2012-12-12 01:26  

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