reply to post by getreadyalready
It is NK, not Iran. And yes, we were very upset when the fully fueled Russian satellite was crashing to the earth, it sparked many doomsday threads on
ATS. The US has the technology to shoot our own satellites down, and we have done so in the past to prevent damaging other countries.
Funny that you mention this, then go on to say that NK has obligations. USA-193 (L-21) was shot down in 2008 over supposed concerns about the
hydrazine fuel on board, but that threat was dispelled by most who looked at the facts. in reality, it was a test of an anti satellite weapons system
in contravention of mutually agreed conditions, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
Also, NK has obligations to refrain from using this type of technology, they have no ability to mitigate any accidents, they have no need for a
weather satellite in the first place, and they have a terrible track record of safety for launches.
You are likely right, but you also may be wrong about NK having the ability to clean up after an accident, one reason I can think of this would be the
sanction imposed on NK by the US, using it's influence and strong-arm tactics. If the Us is free to ignore it's commitments at will to international
treaties, why is it so wrong for NK to work around sanctions imposed on it. This is a rocket after all, as far as we know, not a missile, though they
do share the same basic tech, but that is the same for the US, and people would laugh if it was suggested that a US rocket launch mas a missile
launch. Who are you, or the US administration to decide if NK can have, or has a need for a weather satellite.
There are plenty of reasons to be concerned. They have also pre-emptively threatened Japan and everyone else that tries to protect their own
country by shooting this thing down. They also have a starving population while they spend billions on this BS that violates their international
obligations and treaties.
What would the US do if Russia or China threatened to "preemptively" shoot down a US space launch, hell that would be an act of war as far as the US
is concerned, and you bet your six the US would warn anyone off doing that, why should it be any different for NK. NK has a starving population
because of the sanction imposed on it by nations like the US, reminds me of Cuba in that manner, the US did not get it's way with the counties
administration, so it punishes the people of tat nation. It is all politics, ugly politics, imposed mainly by the US because of it's military might,
if that happened in the school yard, they would be described as the bully.
The US s no stranger to ignoring international treaties or obligations, so they are in no position to show manufactured disgust when another nation
does, if you want to lead, lead by example.