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Mar 19, 2009
BEIJING -- North Korea is preparing to launch a missile designed to reach as far as the west coast of Canada or the United States while Kim Jong-il praises his country as an invulnerable "socialist fortress."
Mar 19, 2009
TOKYO - Recent remarks by a top United States intelligence official suggest that there is now some belief that North Korea indeed plans to launch an experimental satellite into space in early April, and not a long-range ballistic missile as has been claimed.
However, the three governments of the US, Japan and South Korea have denounced the launch as a missile test, threatening to intercept it and vowing to impose additional sanctions on the North in retaliation. In contrast, the Chinese and Russian governments have notified the President Barack Obama administration that North Korea has the legitimate right to launch a satellite.
The Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army has warned that the Korean People's Army will consider the interception of the North Korean space launch vehicle as an unprovoked act of war, and retaliate with prompt strikes on the US mainland, Japan and South Korea. The North Koreans mean what they say.