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On August 31, 1998, North Korea launched what was initially believed to be a two-stage Taepodong 1 (TD1) missile eastward over Japan. The first stage of the missile fell into international waters roughly 400 miles east of the launch site, and the second stage flew over Japanese territory, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean approximately 930 miles from the launch site.
"It appears that there was a test of a short-range missile by the North Koreans and it landed in the Sea of Japan," White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card said on CNN's "Late Edition."
The day before the apparent test, North Korea called President Bush a "hooligan" and said it expected no solution of the international standoff over its nuclear program during the current U.S. administration.
The KCNA emphasized that it was the fifth time since 1993 that the United States had deployed stealth bombers to South Korea.
Besides, why shouldn't the US move super fighters to the border of an enemy that its at war with and who is threatening to use nukes against it??
Unlike World War II, the objective in Korea was not victory. Technically, the Korean War is not over. The fighting ended in an armistice, which continues today.
Originally posted by lucidvisions
I think this is to be prepared just in case somthing esculates. Its only right because of Kim jong's threats. And it also gives an added deterent factor to the whole thing. With Patriot missle batterys being deployed in Japan, its only right that we give South korea some kind of insurance factor, especially since we are pulling troops out of there as we speak.
Originally posted by mythatsabigprobe
I notice North Korea isn't moving troops, bombers or anti-missile defenses into place so it must be America that's doing the escalating. No?