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    North Korea launch fails quickly after liftoff

    "North Korea failed in its much-hyped effort to launch a satellite into space Friday, undercutting its claims to be a "strong and prosperous" nation on the centennial of founder Kim Il Sung's birth.

    After weeks of boasting by the country, the missile launched at 7:39 a.m. on a sunny, wind-free morning from a base near the west coast city of Sinuiju.

    U.S. and South Korean intelligence reports say the rocket quickly broke up and splashed into the Yellow Sea.

    "The missile traveled one to two minutes and broke apart in the air. It broke into 20 separate pieces," Shin Won-shik, a South Korean Defense Ministry official, said at a briefing Friday morning."

    North Korea satellite launch fails quickly after liftoff - latimes.com


    They look like an inept bunch of fools.

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    Re: North Korea launch fails quickly after liftoff

    Was it inept fools or the work of the South Koreans? I don't know if the South Koreans have been able to infiltrate into much of North Korean missile program but to have it fall apart like a cheap toy is mind boggling.

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    To fail on that level on a day/time to honor Kim Jung-Il is crazy. I wouldn't doubt if there wasn't some sort of sabotage. It's kind of surprising that the North Koreans have blamed someone for this yet.
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    Re: North Korea launch fails quickly after liftoff

    kinda reminds me of those cheesy finger cuffs..............

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    What's scarey is..I remember those and used to play with them.

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    Re: North Korea launch fails quickly after liftoff

    Quote Originally Posted by Enola View Post
    What's scarey is..I remember those and used to play with them.
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    The embarrassment for North Korea can have far reaching implications and with several possible outcomes.

    "For a regime which stage-manages everything and almost never admits to failure, what has happened could not be more disastrous for North Korea. The rocket was meant as the piece de resistance in celebrating the centenary of Kim Il-sung, the founding father of the state. Instead, this has all backfired: publicly, miserably and spectacularly.

    First indications from neighbouring countries, who were anxiously monitoring the rocket, suggest the Unha-3 launch vehicle - in essence no different from a Taepodong intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) - exploded and broke into about 20 pieces, some 90 seconds after its launch.

    Adding to Pyongyang's discomfiture, this meant that the debris landed in South Korean seas west of the peninsula. Naturally Seoul at once sent teams to comb the waters.


    South Korea and the US are already warning that spy satellites have detected fresh earthworks at North Korea's nuclear test site at Punggye in the north-east, suggesting that a fresh nuclear test may be in the offing. That would be far more serious than a rocket. In both 2006 and 2009, Pyongyang's missile tests were followed by nuclear tests.

    The fear is that an embarrassed and embattled Kim Jong-un, or the generals around him, might react to their rocket failure with redoubled determination to cause a big bang that will work this time - and remind the world that North Korea is not to be laughed at or trifled with.

    China will exert pressure - more so than over the rocket - to head off any new nuclear test, but it may not succeed. Face has been badly lost, and pride is now at stake. This could be a dangerous moment, and things in North Korea may have to get worse before they get better.

    Alternatively, Pyongyang's technocrats and doves may finally seize their chance and see off the militarists."
    BBC News - Analysis: North Korea at crossroads after rocket fails







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    Re: North Korea launch fails quickly after liftoff

    Quote Originally Posted by Connery View Post
    "North Korea failed in its much-hyped effort to launch a satellite into space Friday, undercutting its claims to be a "strong and prosperous" nation on the centennial of founder Kim Il Sung's birth.

    After weeks of boasting by the country, the missile launched at 7:39 a.m. on a sunny, wind-free morning from a base near the west coast city of Sinuiju.

    U.S. and South Korean intelligence reports say the rocket quickly broke up and splashed into the Yellow Sea.

    "The missile traveled one to two minutes and broke apart in the air. It broke into 20 separate pieces," Shin Won-shik, a South Korean Defense Ministry official, said at a briefing Friday morning."

    North Korea satellite launch fails quickly after liftoff - latimes.com


    They look like an inept bunch of fools.
    Here's what I think. Ever see the movie "The Mouse That Roared"? North Korea WANTS the US to declare war on them so they can surrender and receive free aid from us.......... Well, it's either that or the new leader of NK is as loony as the old one..... Yea, I think it's this. LOL.
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    I'll bet the rocket used a lot of Chinese parts.
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