North Korea launches another ICBM


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North Korea today launched another ICBM, landing it in the Sea of Japan.

The Department of Defense said that initial assessments indicated the missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM. In a news conference, Japan’s defense minister also said it seemed to be an ICBM. The missile went higher than any shot North Korea had previously taken, according to Defense Secretary James Mattis.

This was North Korea’s first launch in a couple of months.

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  • Orion314

    Spoiling for a fight, A FOX NEWS contributor suggests POTUS take out the launch site. A risky move, but might be effective…

  • Cotour

    I think it is a certainty that if such a move was made that the South Korean cities will be immediately attacked. If one cite is to be taken out they all have to be taken out, there are no half measures here IMO.

    Its got to be big and devastating and crippling and then it will progress from there into the insanity of war.

  • LocalFluff

    The US should take out Noko’s nuclear and missile capabilities by a bombing campaign. Sinking their coalers too. South Korea has 80 times the GDP of North and the largest army in the world. They are of course well prepared to deal with the US acting to defend itself.

  • Cotour

    There are estimated to be aprox. 13,000 North Korean artillery pieces within 35 miles of Seoul. The population of Seoul is aprox. 24 million. The price of success in the 21st century for the S. Koreans and the West in this situation is plain to see and goes initially to the Norths advantage.

    While the initial attack by N. Korea would be pretty devastating to Seoul the question remains, does N. Korea have the capability to also launch nukes before their launch capability is disabled and destroyed?

    After the initial attack response by the North the resulting allied attack (read American) will have to be devastating and complete to the military and top leadership infrastructure of the North. Why is this very unlikely to happen? Because its very big and very ugly from the Wests point of view. But you never know what might set it all off.

    And who in the short term may benefit most? China? Russia? Both look forward to America to be further bogged down with Macro problem situations. What will we do?

  • Lee S.

    2 points to keep in mind…. The missile was launched from a mobile launcher, so “taking out the launch site” is an impossibility, and the LAST thing China wants is a unified Korea …. imagine how the US would feel if Canada were suddenly allies of the Chinese! It would be a similar situation for China if North Korea came under South Korean rule.
    The millions of civilians who would die in the first day or two of military actions not withstanding, I think diplomacy is the only solution to the North Korean problem.

  • Cotour

    Too late, China and Canada are already bigley aligned.

    https://ipolitics.ca/2012/12/31/china-north-canadas-resources-and-chinas-arctic-long-game/

    Just like the Uranium One deal the Chinese and the Russians are make very large and long term global domination moves while we are consumed with corrupted sell out politicians that are enriching themselves.

    There must be a massive reconciliation in America and the reconciliation must begin with Hillary and go right down the line no matter the consequence.

  • Kirk

    Cotour, you are suggesting that we should reconcile with Ms. Clinton?

  • Cotour

    Kirk:

    No, the reconciliation I speak of has to do with the Clintons and the law. There has been formally crafted two sets of laws for the Clintons as of late, over and above the usual gray area allowed in Congress for the politically empowered.

    Specifically what has pushed this way over the line is the FBI director, Comey political action “I can find no intent” comment followed by no indictment related to the email server situation. Then we have the Uranium One / Clinton Foundation situation. Either of which we both would have long ago been on a federally sponsored vacation, but not the Clintons because they have fallen under the political realm rules of law.

  • wayne

    Q:
    Why does the rocket exhaust (of this icbm), have a distinct orange tinge?

  • Max

    Q:
    How did North Korea go from antique obsolete rockets with short range, to advanced long range rocketry that can carry a payload?
    Are we to believe that they have done the research and development with the first time success along with the infrastructure to support a decade leap in one summer?
    I smell a puppet master of deceit…

    Now the Russians are massing troops on NK border, preparing for something.

    Wayne, I do not know. But it reminds me of a nitrogen mixture that we use with explosives.

  • Cotour

    A: Bill Clinton, G. Bush jr., Barack Obama, China and Iran.

  • wayne

    Max-
    they have been working on this for some time.
    Cotour-
    add A.Q. Kahn from Pakistan, to the List of Usual Suspects, that need to be rounded up.

  • Edward

    Max asked: “How did North Korea go from antique obsolete rockets with short range, to advanced long range rocketry that can carry a payload?

    What a good question, because President Clinton mucked up the ISS program in order to assure that such a fiasco could not happen. Clinton’s idea was that if we keep the Russian rocket scientists busy working on ISS parts then evil nations, such as Iran and North Korea, would not be able to develop their own ICBMs to threaten the rest of the world.

    Now, however, North Korea is bragging that they now threaten the rest of the world.

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