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BREAKING: North Korea has fired a long-range rocket critics see as cover for banned missile test.
North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland.
The launch, which South Korean officials confirmed about two hours after an eight-day launch window opened Sunday morning, follows North Korea's widely disputed claim last month to have tested a hydrogen bomb. It will be considered a further provocation by Washington and its allies and likely draw more sanctions and condemnation from the United Nations.
North Korean rocket and nuclear tests are seen as crucial steps toward the North's ultimate goal of a nuclear armed long-range missile arsenal. North Korea says its nuclear and missile programs are necessary to defend itself against what it calls decades of U.S. hostility.
North Korea launched its rocket carrying a satellite today and Japanese officials said the rocket split into 5 parts.
One part fell into the Yellow Sea, about 150 kilometers west of the Korean Peninsula. Two others landed in the East China Sea, about 250 kilometers southwest of the peninsula.
The fourth and fifth pieces flew over Japanese airspace with the fourth landing in the Pacific Ocean. The last piece continued southwards.
originally posted by: Shamrock6
a reply to: ExNihiloRed
Saw some pictures of Japanese missile defense units readying to shoot for an intercept. Will be interesting to see if that happens and how it goes down.
It has also emerged that the KWP's congress in May 2016 will not only provide Supreme Leaders Kim Jong Un with a further opportunity to consolidate his power by sideling old officials, but also a to possibly announce new measures to modernise the economy.
Tensions have subsided at the disputed maritime border between North and South Korea, but Pyongyang has begun constructing a military facility on an uninhabited island according to news reports from the South.
North Korea staged a massive military parade in October 2015, marking the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' party. Leader Kim Jong Un said his country was 'fully ready' to defend itself against any US threat.
We forecast North Korean defence expenditure to grow by 3.0% in 2015 to reach USD2,929.1mn.
We forecast defence expenditure to grow by an average of 7.6% annually until 2018 to reach USD3,811.3mn.
originally posted by: ReadLeader
I just got the alert as well. Nk does not surprise me at all these days. Didn't Pyongyang just throw up another sattilite and or make threats to NK?
It seems like they are always in a fluster cuck over there any who....
originally posted by: notmyrealname
a reply to: Shamrock6
Oh, that was a long time ago so, why am I worried about them now?
I would worry more about them capitulating to the south and with the new available land and basically free labor, watching more manufacturing leave the US and in return the US get more substandard engineered to fail crap....