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imminent rocket launch by N Korea ?

Posted by on Mar. 30, 2009 at 8:47 AM
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 "I don't know anyone at a senior level in the American government who does not believe this technology is intended as a mask for the development of an intercontinental ballistic missile," Gates said during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday."

Gates noted that while the United States believes it is North Korea's "long-term intent" to add a nuclear warhead to any such missile, he "personally would be skeptical that they have the ability right now to do that."

This concerns me...  while we focus on economy and war on terror, N Korea is planning "something "  ... Does it concern you ? What do you think we should do ?

 

Image shows North Korea rocket on launch pad

(CNN) -- A North Korean rocket slated for launch sometime early next month can be clearly seen in a satellite photograph taken Sunday, the Institute for Science and International Security said Sunday.

The photograph is said to show the rocket at the Musudan-ri launch site in the north east of the country.

The photograph is said to show the rocket at the Musudan-ri launch site in the north east of the country.

 

The satellite imagery, obtained by the ISIS from DigitalGlobe, is said to show the rocket at the Musudan-ri launch site in northeastern North Korea. The image casts a shadow on the ground below.

CNN could not independently confirm the information provided by the institute, led by former U.N. nuclear inspector David Albright. Defense Department officials were not immediately available for comment.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday there is little doubt that the planned launch is designed to bolster that North Korea's military capability.

He also indicated that the U.S. military could be prepared to shoot down a North Korean missile if the rogue regime develops the capability to reach Hawaii or the western continental United States in a future launch.

The North Korean government says it will launch a commercial satellite atop a rocket sometime between April 4 and April 8.

"I don't know anyone at a senior level in the American government who does not believe this technology is intended as a mask for the development of an intercontinental ballistic missile," Gates said during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday."

Gates noted that while the United States believes it is North Korea's "long-term intent" to add a nuclear warhead to any such missile, he "personally would be skeptical that they have the ability right now to do that."

Japan recently mobilized its missile defense system -- an unprecedented step -- in response to the planned North Korean launch, Japanese officials said.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/03/30/north.korea.rocket/index.html

 

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itssweetness
by Member on Mar. 30, 2009 at 9:01 AM

It concerns me greatly, right now, even more so than the economy.

itssweetness

SophiaofLight
by Member on Mar. 30, 2009 at 9:05 AM

It greatly concerns me too because I heard on the news that these missiles could hit the Western United States. I wish that Obama would take some interest in these things instead of running around talking to people who are going to do what they want anyway.  

dr_m
by on Mar. 30, 2009 at 9:06 AM


Quoting itssweetness:

It concerns me greatly, right now, even more so than the economy.


i know what you mean..  I am just watching and waiting..    I really hope it's another "dud" like they fired before.. but they keep trying, and are up to no good....

 

dr_m
by on Mar. 30, 2009 at 9:44 AM


Quoting SophiaofLight:

It greatly concerns me too because I heard on the news that these missiles could hit the Western United States. I wish that Obama would take some interest in these things instead of running around talking to people who are going to do what they want anyway.  

 

 

this was from a post i did couple days ago

The U.S. ships that are being moved to the Sea of Japan are "prepared to track a launch or more, if afforded," according to a U.S. Navy official who could not be named because of the sensitivity of the information.

The United States generally has a number of Aegis-capable ships in the Sea of Japan because of the threat posed by North Korea to launch missiles. The ships monitor the region and are designed to track and, if need be, shoot down ballistic missiles.

The USS Hopper, a destroyer with the Aegis radar system aboard, was scheduled for a port call in Japan in coming days. But the port call was canceled and the ship will remain in the Sea of Japan ahead of the launch, the official said.

Two other U.S. Navy Aegis-capable destroyers, the USS Chaffee and USS McCain, were leaving the port in Sasebo, Japan, and were heading to South Korea for a ceremony in coming days, according to the U.S. Navy official with direct knowledge of the operations.


gogetem
by Bronze Member on Mar. 30, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Same here... just watching and waiting.  I've known something would happen eventually with NK... I can only hope this isn't it.

Quoting dr_m:

 

Quoting itssweetness:

It concerns me greatly, right now, even more so than the economy.


i know what you mean..  I am just watching and waiting..   

 


It's okay.   


My rats think you're gross, too.


<:3  )~~          ~~~(,,,,*>

sassyandy124
by Bronze Member on Mar. 30, 2009 at 1:13 PM


Quoting dr_m:

 

Quoting SophiaofLight:

It greatly concerns me too because I heard on the news that these missiles could hit the Western United States. I wish that Obama would take some interest in these things instead of running around talking to people who are going to do what they want anyway.  

 

 

this was from a post i did couple days ago

The U.S. ships that are being moved to the Sea of Japan are "prepared to track a launch or more, if afforded," according to a U.S. Navy official who could not be named because of the sensitivity of the information.

The United States generally has a number of Aegis-capable ships in the Sea of Japan because of the threat posed by North Korea to launch missiles. The ships monitor the region and are designed to track and, if need be, shoot down ballistic missiles.

The USS Hopper, a destroyer with the Aegis radar system aboard, was scheduled for a port call in Japan in coming days. But the port call was canceled and the ship will remain in the Sea of Japan ahead of the launch, the official said.

Two other U.S. NavyAegis-capable destroyers, the USS Chaffee and USS McCain, were leaving the port in Sasebo, Japan, and were heading to South Korea for a ceremony in coming days, according to the U.S. Navy official with direct knowledge of the operations.

 

    Is this supposed to illustrate Obama is 'taking and interest'? If so it doesn't. These are precautions set up long before he took office, and not every ship movement, originates with him. The pentagon and in this matter the CINCPAC Fleet take command unless eminent threat is detected or use of deadly force is needed.

   Those who can't get behind our troops should feel free to stand in front of them!!!!!

blustar
by Member on Mar. 30, 2009 at 2:16 PM


Quoting gogetem:

Same here... just watching and waiting.  I've known something would happen eventually with NK... I can only hope this isn't it.

Quoting dr_m:

 

Quoting itssweetness:

It concerns me greatly, right now, even more so than the economy.


i know what you mean..  I am just watching and waiting..   

 

 


Gypsyuma
by Gold Member on Mar. 31, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Those who can't get behind our troops should feel free to stand in front of them!!!!!

This kind of statement makes me want to vomit.  God forbid should anyone not meet up to your standards of being pro-American enough, or face a firing squad.  Nice attitude. 


 

itssweetness
by Member on Mar. 31, 2009 at 5:13 PM

LOL I TOTALLY AGREE....I see that ALLLLL THE TIME on other moms' siggys!!!!

Quoting Gypsyuma:

Those who can't get behind our troops should feel free to stand in front of them!!!!!

This kind of statement makes me want to vomit.  God forbid should anyone not meet up to your standards of being pro-American enough, or face a firing squad.  Nice attitude. 


itssweetness

SophiaofLight
by Member on Apr. 1, 2009 at 3:20 AM

My hubby spent 20 years in the Navy. He reassures me that the Navy is out there and will not let a missile hit us. But the nuclear warhead thing is scary. Wonder if Obama wants to sit and have a chat with them or if he has the guts to stand up to them?? Thanks for your post Sassy. I agree, it does NOT show Obama taking any interest.  

Quoting sassyandy124:

 

Quoting dr_m:

 

Quoting SophiaofLight:

It greatly concerns me too because I heard on the news that these missiles could hit the Western United States. I wish that Obama would take some interest in these things instead of running around talking to people who are going to do what they want anyway.  

 

 

this was from a post i did couple days ago

The U.S. ships that are being moved to the Sea of Japan are "prepared to track a launch or more, if afforded," according to a U.S. Navy official who could not be named because of the sensitivity of the information.

The United States generally has a number of Aegis-capable ships in the Sea of Japan because of the threat posed by North Korea to launch missiles. The ships monitor the region and are designed to track and, if need be, shoot down ballistic missiles.

The USS Hopper, a destroyer with the Aegis radar system aboard, was scheduled for a port call in Japan in coming days. But the port call was canceled and the ship will remain in the Sea of Japan ahead of the launch, the official said.

Two other U.S. NavyAegis-capable destroyers, the USS Chaffee and USS McCain, were leaving the port in Sasebo, Japan, and were heading to South Korea for a ceremony in coming days, according to the U.S. Navy official with direct knowledge of the operations.

 

    Is this supposed to illustrate Obama is 'taking and interest'? If so it doesn't. These are precautions set up long before he took office, and not every ship movement, originates with him. The pentagon and in this matter the CINCPAC Fleet take command unless eminent threat is detected or use of deadly force is needed.


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