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    North Korea claim the rocket is carrying a satellite. The US and several other nations suspect it is part of a long-range ballistic missile program that could eventually reach the US West Coast.

    "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell

  • #2
    Here is the AP version. http://m.washingtonpost.com/world/as...b4e_story.html
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    • #3
      Report: South Korea military says North Korea rocket launch 'appears successful' - @AFP
      "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell

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      • #4
        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20690338

        Wonder what would have happened if Japan shot it down?!

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        • #5
          Now we have screwed around for so long this happened..........it gives me the **** shivers to think they could possibly hit the US now. We will pay for our failure to play hard ball with this country. When we needed to shut off food and aid and let them collapse, we issued empty threats and shipped tons of food to them to appease them.

          This is going to really suck some day.
          "Beer if proof, that God wants us to be happy!" - Thomas Jefferson

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          • #6
            North Korean Satellite Out of Control in Orbit: Reports

            by SPACE.com Staff Date: 12 December 2012 Time: 06:21 PM ET

            The satellite launched by North Korea on Wednesday (Dec. 12) is "tumbling out of control," according to U.S. officials, NBC News reported.

            The vehicle is in an uncontrolled orbit around Earth, and officials aren't sure what the spacecraft's purpose and capabilities are, NBC News reported.
            http://www.space.com/18886-north-kor...f-control.html
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            • #7
              From: http://www.kcna.co.jp/index-e.htm

              Pyongyang, December 12 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to questions put by KCNA Wednesday as regards the successful launch of the second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3: The successful satellite launch in the DPRK was a desire at the behest of general secretary Kim Jong Il and part of peaceful work in line with the country's scientific and technological development plan for the economic construction and improvement of people's living standard.

              All the people across the country are greatly excited at the news of the successful launch and progressives are extending sincere congratulations to them.

              Hostile forces, however, are showing signs of sinister bid to take issue with the launch for peaceful purposes, while terming it "violation of resolution" of the UN Security Council.

              The right to use outer space for peaceful purposes is universally recognized by international law and it reflects the unanimous will of the international community. So this issue is not one over which the UNSC can say this or that.

              Only the DPRK's satellite launch is regarded as long-range missile launch for military purposes, "provocation" and cause of increasing tension. This is prompted by the hostility toward the DPRK.

              The U.S. over-reacted to the DPRK's satellite launch in April out of hostile feelings which compelled the DPRK to reexamine the nuclear issue as a whole.

              The concept of hostility will not be of any help, and confrontation will not help settle anything, either.

              We hope that all countries concerned will use reason and remain cool so as to prevent the situation from developing to undesirable direction.

              No matter what others say, we will continue to exercise our legitimate right to launch satellites and thus actively contribute to the economic construction and improvement of the standard of people's living while conquering space.
              "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell

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              • #8
                One successful launch (not necesssarily a flight, yet) does not a missile program make. And dropping one into umpteen square miles of ocean within American territorial waters (to include Hawaii) will not give them any form of deterent.

                The remain the pesky fly on the bum of the Unites States. Something you remember when you have to use the outhouse, but otherwise out of sight and out of mind. We have more important matters to attend to.
                dit: Lirelou

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                • #9
                  My question, is that if this was a peaceful launch of a satellite, what is it up there to do? Study crops and weather patterns or is it a electro-magnetic pulse weapon?
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                  • #10
                    Here is the official North Korean line:

                    Pyongyang, December 12 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released the following report Wednesday:
                    Scientists and technicians of the DPRK successfully launched the second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 into its orbit by carrier rocket Unha-3, true to the last instructions of leader Kim Jong Il.

                    Carrier rocket Unha-3 with the second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 atop blasted off from the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province at 09:49:46 on December 12, Juche 101(2012). The satellite entered its preset orbit at 09:59:13, 9 minutes and 27 seconds after the lift-off.

                    The satellite is going round the polar orbit at 499.7 km perigee altitude and 584.18 km apogee altitude at the angle of inclination of 97.4 degrees. Its cycle is 95 minutes and 29 seconds.

                    The scientific and technological satellite is fitted with survey and communications devices essential for the observation of the earth.

                    The successful launch of the satellite is a proud fruition of the Workers' Party of Korea's policy of attaching importance to the science and technology. It is also an event of great turn in developing the country's science, technology and economy by fully exercising the independent right to use space for peaceful purposes.

                    At a time when great yearnings and reverence for Kim Jong Il pervade the whole country, its scientists and technicians brilliantly carried out his behests to launch a scientific and technological satellite in 2012, the year marking the 100th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung.

                    From: http://www.kcna.co.jp/index-e.htm
                    "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell

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                    • #11
                      Success...

                      Our Beloved Leader is correct. His will MADE the launch a SUCCESS.... You Imperialistic heathens will never break the will or spirit of our Beloved Leader......
                      Kevin Kenneally
                      Masters from a school of "hard knocks"
                      Member of a Ph.D. Society (Post hole. Digger)

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                      • #12
                        Recently released pictures of one of the satellite sensors:

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                        • #13
                          Fitsgern,
                          Make no mistake, this lanch is a feather in the Chubby Boy's cap. All the failures it took to get here now count for nothing. Any Western news reports that paint this as having 'tumbled into the ocean' count for nought.

                          Jong-un has several constituencies that this launch seeks to satisfy.

                          The first of these is the North Korean public, who must be kept believing that Korea is surrounded by hostile forces, and therefore must keep the capability of striking its enemies jup to date. This constituency includes not only members of the No-Dong (Ro-Dong) Party, and the military, but many of those North Koreans who are hoping for change .

                          The second of these is the North Korean military, upon whom his continuation in power rests. They can now feel, however tenuously, that North Korea is up there with he Big Boys and on the way to greater success. They will now believe that Korea has a weapon that makes them equal to te U.S.. Certainly a few scientific types in the know will know better, but they are the chosen few within the inner circle who will be happy to bask in a stronger limelight that this latest launch deserves.

                          The third constituency they are playing to are the enemies of the United States, large and small, who are celebrating this launch as the beginning of the end of American imperialism. This group includes such large players as the Iranians, who will be more sanguine about the launch and no doubt cognizant ofr their contribution to it, as well as those 'revolutionary' groups opposed to U.S. policy in the third world. This is the crowd that in those town meetings in far Jurutungu, Latinolandia and other places pass those resolutions saulting Kim Il-sung et al that get reported in the Pyongyang Press. Unfortunately, it includes some leftist as well as extreme nationalist elements in South Korea.

                          Finally, there is Japan, always the enemy to North Korea in Pyongyang's propaganda. Japan has been served notice that all the Japanese islands are within range, something they've known since the first failed launch a decade ago, but the public needs reminding despite the fact that they allow North Korean shools to operate within Japan with impunity. Of course, the government will have an accurate idea of just how many of such rockets exist, just how accurate they can be expected to be, and what chance the Norks have of fitting such with other than conventional warheads. Bt the extreme left and right will have a field day, with one quietly celebrating and the other citing them as a reason any true Japanee should support their views and rearm Japan. (an act that backhandedly, would favor the North in itw own eyes.)

                          As for the United States, we are dealing with a roaring mouse. Now would be a nice time to announce that we are withdrawing from Korea because the threat there is nothing that our South Koran Ally can't handle and, by the way, they should be footing more of the bill for their own defense than is presently the case. This is no longer 1950.
                          dit: Lirelou

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                          • #14
                            The N. Koreans Celebrate....I Guess.

                            Watch the guy at the end. His excitement knows no bounds.

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                            • #15
                              Almost Everything Youve Heard About the North Korean Space Launch Is Wrong

                              A really interesting article from WIRED.

                              BY BRIAN WEEDEN12.18.122:55 PM

                              Last week, North Korea finally managed to put an object into orbit around the Earth after 14 years of trying. The event was greeted with hysterical headlines, about how the whole thing was a likely a missile test and most certainly a failure of Western intelligence. Most of those headlines were dead wrong.
                              http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/12/launch/
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