posted on Nov, 26 2012 @ 05:36 AM
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Wrabbit- kudos on an intelligent post in the middle of this s@£$-storm.
North Korea rattle their little sabre every so often when they think the world has forgotten about them for a while, like a child having a tantrum
because no-one is paying them enough attention, and have been doing more so since 2008 and the break down of the six-party talks.
In a lecture in 1993, Bruce Cuming stated "based on information gathered by the CIA, the activity around the Yongbyon facility may have been done
expressly to draw the attention of U.S. satellites."- in other words, the whole thing was designed to draw the US and other world players into talks.
Further to this argument is the observation that many parties have a vested interest in the claim that North Korea has nuclear weapons. For North
Korea, it has been a bargaining tool for opening diplomatic discussions. The nuclear development program can be manipulated in exchange for foreign
With their population literally starving, crumbling infrastructure, but still wanting to be a global military player, they would be 'the laughing
stock of Asia' if they werent so dangerous (as any nuclear armed nation can potentially be), and currently they are like an 8 year old running around
with loaded handgun- unpradictable and alarming.
The Taepodong-X/Nodong-B Mobile Ballistic Missile (now named "Musdan Missile") was unsuccessfully tested in 2006, and at the time, US intel
estimated it would not be operational for 11 years, but at that point, would be able to hit the continental US (although not with a nuke, and not
The ability of North Korea's Rodong-1 missile to strike Tokyo, the fact that 90% of mainland Japan are covered by the Rodong, and estimates that some
already have nuclear warheads is added cause for concern.
This latest missile test would be a good time for 'anyone' with space based anti ICBM technology to give their own demonstration, as not being able
to use nuclear proliferation as a bargaining chip would change the playing field significantly.