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Originally posted by jsobecky
The long-range missile failed mere seconds after launch. That is hilarious, but also very good news. Not only that our hand wasn't forced, but also that Little Kim may finally realize that he is a long way from being taken serious in the area of technical capability.
Originally posted by Nerdling
40 seconds into flight is a decent amount of time.
Originally posted by Wolfpack 51
It would make sense to let your enemy have the illusion of your incompetence. Especially if your technology was capable to the deliver the weapons accurately. It could cause the enemy to wait just enough to let your attack be succesful.
I hope this is not the case, but it has to be considered.
NORTH KOREA'S MISSILE SYSTEMS
Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM)
Taepodong 2 (Daepodong 2, Nodong 3)
Year developed: 2000
(Latest estimate by the South Korean Ministry of Defense. Earlier estimates were 4,000-6,000km)
Three-stage Taepodong 2 (Taepodong 3)
Year developed: Being developed
The entire South Korea - 500km
US bases in Japan and major Japanese cities: 1,000-1,500km
US bases in Alaska and Hawaii: 4,000-6,000km
Continental US: 6,000+km
(Source: Joseph S Bermudez Jr, Shield of the Great Leader: The Armed Forces of North Korea, Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2001
Originally posted by Justin Oldham
It would not surprise me to learn that they deliberately dumped their own ICBM's after a certain point...just to leave some room for doubt in the minds of some Western leaders.