posted on Jun, 20 2006 @ 02:03 PM
The Defense Department says in the absence of any statement by the North Korean government it will not be possible to know whether a widely expected
missile launch is a test or an attack.
Spokesman Bryan Whitman would not confirm reports that North Korea is preparing to launch a long-range missile, saying he could not discuss
intelligence matters. But he says if there is a launch without any advance notice from the government in Pyongyang, there will be no basis on which to
assume it is only a test.
"'Test' would, to me, indicate that you are doing something like an exercise," he said. "You are testing a missile. 'Test' has intent behind
it, as opposed to launching a missile. When you are launching a missile, to me, you [others] do not know what the intent of the launch is, you
[others] do not know if the launch is intended to be a test or something else."
The Pentagon spokesman hinted to reporters that if North Korea launches a missile the United States might use its new missile defense system.
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To me this an interesting story. Why would North Korea give notice to the US in advance of its missile strike(if it gives notice in advance it will
appear weak to its own people and the outside world. However, by the US striking down this "test" missile the US will continue to look like the
strong hand throughout the world.
Regardless of how this will make the US look to the outside world, it is important that we strike down any long range missile North Korea might
possess that is capable of hitting the US. For any positive results of this test will no doubt embolden the North Korean's as to pursuing long range
missiles even further.
[edit on 20/6/2006 by Mirthful Me]
[edit on 20-6-2006 by UM_Gazz]