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imminent rocket launch by N Korea ?

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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

 

by on Mar. 30, 2009 at 8:47 AM
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ellyc19111
by Bronze Member on Apr. 1, 2009 at 3:36 PM

WHY do we have to sit here watching and waiting in fear? Is there anybody in charge of US security any more? I hope the National Guard is at least alert.

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