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NEW YORK - Strategic thinkers in the United States military establishment see North Korea's plan to put a satellite into orbit in early April as the perfect opportunity to show off the power of US counter-missile capability in the face of what they perceive as a rising threat of attack on the US west coast from thousands of kilometers away.
They want US forces in the western Pacific to be able to fire volleys of heat-seeking Tomahawk missiles in a display of the ability of the US to defend America's western frontiers. The Tomahawks are poised to be fired off guided missile destroyers with AEGIS weapons systems equipped with radar to follow enemy missiles for more than 320 kilometers.
March 13 (Bloomberg) -- North Korea shut its two southern border crossings for the second time this week, stranding almost 800 South Koreans and increasing tensions as the communist nation prepares to launch a rocket that the South says may be a missile.
WASHINGTON, March 13 -- As tensions and dangers rise in North Korea, some international UN system staff have asked for the UN threat level to be raised and to leave the country. Their request, sources tell Inner City Press, has been delayed and denied by the UN in New York, for reasons they think are political. Just as the UN did not raise its threat level in Algiers as tensions led toward the deadly December 2007 bombing of UN premises there, now the UN in an effort to placate Kim Jong-il and retain access to the country is refusing to "embarrass" his military government by evacuating international staff. These staff are, the sources say, being used as human shields.
Originally posted by mrmonsoon
reply to post by xbranscombex
I understand your confusion, allow me to explain.
N.K. has announced and even sent a letter to the UN (a first) announcing they will be launching what we would call an I.C.B.M. with a satellite as it's payload (as opposed to a conventional/ biological/ chemical/ nuclear bomb).
The official N.K. designation of this specific rocket type is "Taepong Dong II"
Now most people believe it is a covert way of testing their long range rocket.
A UN ban on long range missile development by N.K. has been in effect since 2006.
Now, the reason Japan is so upset is the Rocket will be going up over japan as it's flight path.
It is "supposed" to drop the first stage 75 miles of Japans coast-"If all goes well"
I hope know this will allow you to better understand the situation.
[edit on 3/13/2009 by mrmonsoon]