EXCLUSIVE: Activity seen at North Korea launch site
A DigitalGlobe satellite image of North Korea's launch site at Tongch’ang-ri. The image was taken on March 28, 2012.
March 28th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

EXCLUSIVE: Activity seen at North Korea launch site

By Adam Levine

A new satellite image has captured increased activity on North Korea's launch pad as the country prepares for its controversial missile launch in mid-April.

The DigitalGlobe image taken on March 28 shows trucks on the Tongch'ang-ni launch pad. Atop the umbilical tower, which sits beside where the assembled rocket will stand, a crane arm that will be used to lift the rocket stages has been swung wide.

While South Korean media are reporting the first stage of the rocket - known as the booster - has been moved to the launch facility, DigitalGlobe Senior Analyst Joseph Bermudez said that is not visible in this image.

"It does confirm a higher level of activity within the overall facility and significant activity at the launch pad specifically," according to Bermudez. "This activity appears consistent with preparations for a satellite launch."

The booster would be placed on top of the mobile launch platform (in the satellite image, the black square on the launch pad) that shows nothing on it when the DigitalGlobe image was taken. There is evidence of some sort of spill near the trucks sitting on the launch pad, Bermudez told CNN. Additional support equipment is visible near the mobile launch pad.

Bermudez said the North Koreans are assembling the long-range missile inside a horizontal assembly facility not far from the launch pad after it was shipped by rail from a factory outside Pyongyang.

Once the missile is assembled and tested, the stages will be moved by specialized vehicles to the launch pad and assembled, lifted by the crane and assembled on the umbilical tower, Bermudez explained.

The buildings visible to the right of the launch pad in the satellite image are storage for fuel and oxidizer, according to Bermudez. A pipeline leading to the umbilical tower is visible in the image.

The launch, expected between April 12 and April 16, is meant to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Song, the founder of communist North Korea and the grandfather of the current North Korean leader.

The launch is in violation of numerous United Nations resolutions and the most recent agreement with the U.S.

soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. NYC Fitness Event

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    April 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  7. TOMG

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    April 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  8. larry5

    This is not news. Of course there's activity. There's going to be a launch. That's no secret. Just remember that Obama said we don't need a missile defense system because no one is going to launch a missile at us. We know that what he said is true because he was seen running around the White House lawn singing "Olly olly oxen, free, free free". Now we know Obama is serious about world peace. There will be no more wars, except for the Muslims. That means we don't need a missile defense system to protect us from getting beaned on the head with a rock.

    March 30, 2012 at 8:09 am | Reply
  9. gratular

    Ummm, you are seeing activity at the North Korean launch site because they are going to TEST A MISSILE LIKE THEY SAID THEY WERE... Are people really that stupid they didnt understand that?

    March 30, 2012 at 2:25 am | Reply
  10. Pharos

    In the interests of peace, I think the United States and Russia should offer to launch the satellite for the North Koreans.
    In this way, the Koreans can honor their leader, and the agreements that North Korea has signed will be left intact.

    March 30, 2012 at 2:17 am | Reply
    • Dan

      That suggestion would be greeted by an elevated middle finger.

      March 30, 2012 at 4:49 am | Reply
  11. krehator

    Lots of "accidents" and "technical problems" can occur during a launch. This will give us a great opportunity to try out some of our secret space platforms.

    March 30, 2012 at 1:07 am | Reply
  12. hemo

    this is the final straw! its time to just destroy these rice eaters! then we can use the fallout areas for landfills and we can deport all the illegal immigrants there too!! everything is solved. the world will be better

    March 30, 2012 at 1:01 am | Reply
    • facepalm

      rice eaters? really? so retarded on so many levels. 100% chance you eat rice too.
      its people lie you that make me give up on humanity.

      March 30, 2012 at 3:56 am | Reply
      • Baphomet

        The world would be a better place if trolls like these would just hang themselves off the bridge they lived under.

        March 30, 2012 at 4:15 am |
  13. Ovi19

    Does anyone else think this article is related to Iran being a distraction for Korea or vice versa?

    March 30, 2012 at 12:09 am | Reply
  14. abc

    why dont we give south korean a bunch of weapons and a few atomic bombs so they can invaded and fight north korearns for us !!!!!! common sence people !!!!!

    March 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Reply
    • Baphomet

      Uhmm... we tried that in the 50's (less the nukes) and almost lost the entire peninsula until we eventually had to have American troops on the ground to fight the Chinese to a stalemate, remember?

      March 30, 2012 at 12:16 am | Reply
    • Hugenot

      Wow, ignorant or what. Thank god you're not in a position of authority ( I hope ).

      March 30, 2012 at 12:36 am | Reply
    • krehator

      They are already there. We just cannot officially admit it. North Korea knows it too.

      You don't actually believe that Israel built atomic weapons as fast as it did without assistance do you?

      March 30, 2012 at 1:09 am | Reply
  15. wavejump1100

    why does the button say publicar? publicar is spanish for publish but this is an english sight.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Reply
    • Craig

      Actually, it's an English site. An English sight would be something like Big Ben or the Tower of London.

      March 30, 2012 at 1:09 am | Reply
  16. wavejump1100

    they call this a lot of activity? it looks like two old trucks and one of them has a leaking fuel tank. the place almost looks abandoned to me.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  17. Skoolz

    Japan said they would blow any NK rocket that flies over their airspace outta the sky. I hope they do!!! Hai, dozo.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  18. Hu

    Interesting isn't it?
    The U.S. bankrupts Russia in the Cold-War race for military supremacy.
    China has stayed quiet on the sidelines, now, China is probably the ONLY country in the world that is in the BLACK financially. Now, since the USSR demise both Russia and China seem to be together, setting on the side lines observing the U.S. go bankrupt running ALL OVER the world protecting any country that is afraid of their neighbor.
    All those so called bad countries appear to have a directive to lead the U.S. by the nose all over the world to spend, spend, spend for the safety of others.
    It appears to me the U.S. is being manipulated big time. The U.S. is so self rightious.

    March 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • david

      Amen to that!

      March 29, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
    • Kang132

      thats why i always said the us needs to mind its own business and worry about it self. we are going to go broke with 3.5 trillion dollars on defense and fighting multiple wars. how about the war on hunger, drugs, and education lets solve that first then worry about north korea, iran, syria, and afghanistan....i dont even wanna get into iraq we should have never set foot there..smh

      March 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • Don N Dallas

      Whats interesting is that you refer to the US as being self-rightous because it helps it's friends ...... what do you think about people like you who won't help anyone but themself ? You can be young only once but you can be a adolesent forever ! Your comment sounds like you don't have much real knowledge about this country !

      March 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Reply
      • RoadZombie

        you obviously dont know our history friend, America stayed a isolationist state for over 140+ years and we did fine, its what we should do till are economy is stable, its nice to help, but if we continue to help with out backbone, or finance, we will eventually implode, or collapse, we need to worry about ourselves so, then if we want we can meddle with other peoples issues when we can fight on all fronts and win, right now it may not look like it but, were on a verge of collapse under are financial problem, the only reason were not there is because of all the safety nets implemented by FDR and his successors, to prevent another Depression.

        March 29, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  19. Johm

    More saber rattling, for both sides.

    March 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • RichzCatz

      HUNGER GAMEZ for Realz!! in N.Korea the only one who eats regular is the boss! Beloved Leader! ignore him I say they don't have the cash for a real missle! not like us with the big nuclear credit card!

      March 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  20. CARL-SO

    HOPFULLY WE DONT GO TO WAR WITH THEM VIA-KONGS

    March 29, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • lol

      Let them shoot their rocket. If we are that concerned, just shoot the thing down.

      March 29, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  21. bsc1216

    Just leave North Korea alone and everything will be fine.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • heroicslugtest

      Just destroy North Korea and everything will be fine.

      Fixed.

      March 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  22. Arran

    Let's all get on CNN.com and yell at each other for hours! yeah!

    March 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  23. Korangal Valley

    I have collected many things in many places, all that i would want to colect from NK is flyer miles and dust....sighh..and i diegress....

    March 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  24. tin.tun

    ...drop the 240k tons of food on this lunch site and say ....oops....wrong delivery site....

    March 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  25. carvis

    If North Korea is actually being honest that this launch is only to put a satelite up and nothing to do with rocket testing, then the smart thing would be to simply ask the US to launch the satelite for them.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • mac

      youre an idiot. They have every right to launch their own. Do you see America asking other nations to launch "satellites" into space for them? And theyre the only country thats dropped nukes on another, so who gives them the right to police the world...

      March 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
      • carvis

        so your saying. gee they should breach their own agreement just to achieve the same thing as comming to the table. if they are as dumb as u in this then maybe it would be better to wipe them out. compromise in these matters is whats needed atm.

        March 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
      • Orbiting

        "Do you see America asking other nations to launch "satellites" into space for them?"

        Absolutely! We've been calling on the Russians to launch our guys to the ISS ever since the Space Shuttle program ended, and we often contract launches out to Europe and Japan as well.
        Not military launches, mind you, but launches nonetheless. If NK really wanted a functioning satellite up there, they could pay China to do it for them, and at cheaper costs then developing their own launch system.

        So this isn't about satellites at all. This is about developing domestic missile capability, and while NK can have all the satellites they want, seeing them with long range missiles would make a lot of people nervous.

        March 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
      • evan

        ahhhh ur the idiot it was in the deal and its the same technology they are trying to make with the nuclear weapons

        March 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
      • Don N Dallas

        Are you really this stupid or are you just fondling us ?

        March 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
      • DNfamousKZ

        Ok... were havin russian chinese us etc etc people flown to the iss... w that said if NK asked and showed a lil cushion (be it observers, our laundhin it etc) it'd all be A-OK! Lol. Y'all cnn ppl jus argue n argue... think inside the box (cause that's REALITY!) Good night cnn

        March 30, 2012 at 2:04 am |
    • AlexShch

      Or, alternatively, ask Russia to launch the satellite for them while simultaneously asking US to pay Russia for this launch. This way it will be easier on US taxpayers, and also shows more international cooperation. If necessary, also ask China to lend some money to US if US feels to broke and short of money.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
      • AugustinOhio

        Well, NK already has long-range ballistic missile capabilities. They can definitely hit Japan, SK and the Eastern rim of the Pacific. This launch is to test their technology on unmanned outer orbit dynamics. You can't send an intercontinental-ballistics missile without being able to control a measly satellite in a low-orbit. Also, it could be used to track a location anywhere in the world (GPS people...) which would be needed to lock on to a spot to hit something with said missile. This is just a way of China showing they're hands off with NK on military technology. It won't get shot down, especially if it fails (which is most likely to happen). It will just be hacked and monitored constantly. Remember, this is an isolated country since the Korean war. They're trying to develop their own technology to be on par with ours 30-40 years ago. Look up the Minute Man 1, 2 and 3. Our own ICBMs.

        Also, they don't know how to mount a nuclear war-head on to long-range missiles (at least I don't think). But give them 10-15 years and they'll have their nuke s#*t together. Iran isn't even close to NK when it comes to international danger. Especially to the US.

        March 30, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  26. Qban1der

    Let's just bomb the hell outta North Korea and turn South Korea into a new island. BOOM! Problem Solved. We need to Stop playing this montonus game of cat and mouse/ Big Brother. We need to show them we need business. To do that, we need to throw a tantrum like they do, and "accidently" blow up a port off their coast. Thoughts?

    March 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • wowz

      My thoughts are that you have no understanding of international politics, relations, or geography. China would not stand for provocation so close to it's border, and why would they? Would we be chill with someone nuking Mexico or Canada?

      The south korean economy would be hit very hard. Your Hyundai's, Kia's, Samsung's, and LG's would all be very badly hit and it would have a ripple effect on the economy. It would destabilize the whole pacific rim as the US would have to beef up it's regional presence in Japan, S Korea, the Philippines, and Australia.

      In short, nothing good would come out of bombing the North into Oblivion, other that the satisfaction for war mongering sabre rattlers like yourself.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply
      • AugustinOhio

        Very true. Also, there are the innocent, forever oppressed and deprived people, who number in the millions. Nuking a country that size in to nothingness would use up a lot of $7M bombs that would practically destroy SK in fallout as well. China would get radiation, see that as an act of war and then we fight China in a nuclear Holocaust. I'm not exaggerating. Plus, they would unleash everything they had on everyone before they hit.the Pacific Rim along with millions, probably dozens of millions of people would die. Our economy would be crushed. There's a reason why no one has been nuked since WWII. It would start big wars with too many people and land dead. The rich are too rich to care about nukes anymore.

        March 30, 2012 at 12:55 am |
  27. Bill

    I hope they do launch it. That way the U.S. won't have to send them any food.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  28. Dan

    I'm not making any predictions. However, if it blows up on the pad I'm going to LMAO.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • TinkItTrue

      It will blow up on launch pad or in early flight stages but it wont be because they are bad at Rocket science. I believe they have lost too many Rockets for it to be their fault. I am talking Lasers from space style here.

      March 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  29. vatoloke

    From the looks of that "launch pad", I doubt they could even launch a kite from there.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • SuperA

      I agree, but, I thought they made a deal with U.S. of not launching missiles no more.

      March 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  30. ssgduke53

    North Korea is going to launch that rocket and will fly over Japan. Will Japan shoot it down since it does fly over their airspace without permission???

    March 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
    • I can't believe it's not butter

      They should but to chicken too...every one is scared of the little rice eater..kim jon

      March 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
    • ray

      We would have to shoot it down the japs don't have an army cuz of a little thing called world war2

      March 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
      • Cheese Wonton

        Check out the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. It is the world's third most powerful navy and being equipped with AN/SPY-1D radars, the Aegis battle management system and Standard SM-3 missiles, is fully able to defeat ballistic missiles in flight. They have demonstrated their ability in ballistic missile defense exercises off Hawaii with our navy. If you ever worked with them you would know how good they are.

        March 30, 2012 at 12:29 am |
  31. Joe

    How come no one has questioned the fact that North Korea has funded this program while their people are dependent on US aid? and I thought that the US was fiscally irresponsible...

    March 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  32. james

    I hope they launch and Japan or the U.S. blows it out of the sky

    March 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  33. searchingintruth

    The starving people of North Korea are always the primary recipients of suffering. While the dialogue of conflict continues, people continue to suffer starvation, and die. Threats are made by one side, food is withheld by the other. The starving people are the hostages and human shields of North Korea. They are used as a bargaining chip as if they were some meaningless commodity to be exploited. The people are the victims, always, and they will pay the price again, unfortunately. God help them all, because no one else can or will.

    March 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  34. nk

    Thats why we shouldnt send them aid. How and why should we ever trust them? Let discontent mount in their country, maybe their brainwashed people will wake up some day.

    March 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  35. PaulMN

    Where can I get me one of those cameras like the one in the DigitalGlobe satellite?

    March 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Reply
    • john carter

      Do you know that you can build on your on your own? Nah, just kiddding.
      There no way you can get a cameria like that idiot.

      March 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  36. clint

    Like father, like son- both crazy.

    March 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  37. I can't believe it's not butter

    Lmao..yes is it's.....

    March 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  38. erich2112x

    Lock On...beep, beep ,beep

    March 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  39. Catherine

    Do you really think North Korea has any inkling to what or how to build a satellite? The country has no electicity for its infrasturcture, and people starve daily! All this is, is a test to see if they now have a rocket that 'could' reach the US West Coast, if pointed in that direction. To give them leverage in negotiating with the world. We do not them to even determine if their rocket can reach us.

    March 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  40. Bill

    Why not just use this (or any launch for that matter) an opportunity to use/test focused beam technology to disable the launch. When it fails, who will be the wiser?

    March 29, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • jjk

      What do you think made the leak from the truck? Consider it a shot across the bow.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
      • I can't believe it's not butter

        Aahhhhhh hahahaha...nicely done!....ill take a crack at it!
        I think some one took a leak by the truck..qqz

        March 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  41. robert

    Im tired of everyone puking on my USA shirt.
    The criminal enterprise running N Korea, Iran, Syria and portions of Pakistan need to be stopped in their tracks or otherwise they will create a global incident.

    The US must act as chief cop on this planet. Why? China is full of military hardnosed frauds that run the economy, civilain life and they are not mature enough and have no integrity to act as a emerging global power. They are petty and unpredictable.

    The Iranians run a criminal enterprise through the Republican Guard and the "Emporer" or Supreme Leader is another fraud who uses religion and edicts from Heaven to control the masses.

    The North Koreans are aided and abetted by China and Iran. Both iran and N Korea manufacture phony 100 dollar bills and undermine our economy. Both are the world's largest suppliers of bootleg, copied, stolen technology that they are happy to export to undermine world security.

    Iranian despots have sent agitators into Gaza, the West Bank and N Korea has had the Iranian engineers on their launch pads.

    The Syrians along with Saddam Hussein have run the Bathist party in the Mid East. This is another state sponsored commercial criminal enterprise.

    If China would not support these clowns then they could be contained.

    It is in China's warped view of the world that the US must be contained by these proxys.

    Bring back the Neutron Bomb, missile interceptors and install a quick strike satellite platform that will rain hell on one meter grid squares on the planet and stop all aid to these bozos.

    Our trillions in defecit must have paid for some unique and exotic programs to knock these clowns down.

    March 29, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • TheGLOV

      Excellent response sir! I am also interested in the neutron bomb. We still have them in our military arsenal, no?

      March 29, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
      • LaRue

        As much as they criticized it as "the ultimate capitalist weapon" (and they're right... a bomb that destroys life but preserves infrastructure), if I recall correctly it was actually the Soviets that had more advanced plans for a working neutron bomb.

        Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut... all of that is a particularly bad idea. Especially the militarization of space.

        March 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
      • robert

        Jimmy Carter said no to the Neutron Bomb.
        Jimmy Carter also let Ayatolah have safe passage to Iran.
        He's an idealist that sabotaged US security.

        March 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
      • Cheese Wonton

        Of course "enhanced radiation" weapons were built and fielded, by all sides.

        March 30, 2012 at 12:33 am |
      • Nero

        Three types of ERW were built by the United States. The W66 warhead, for the anti-ICBM Sprint missile system, was deployed in 1975 and retired the next year, along with the missile system. The W70 Mod 3 warhead was developed for the short-range, tactical Lance missile, and the W79 Mod 0 was developed for artillery shells. The last two types were retired by President George H. W. Bush in 1992, following the end of the Cold War. The last W70 Mod 3 warhead was dismantled in 1996, and the last W79 Mod 0 was dismantled by 2003, when the dismantling of all W79 variants was completed.
        Jimmy Carter postponed development in 1978 due to protests against his administrations plans to deploy the warheads in Europe.
        But.... Reagan had restarted production in 1981.
        I do see your point though, in being used as an Anti-Ballistic missle, which it was employed as. it was a part of the safeguard system for the U.S.

        March 30, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • yeah yeah

      HEIL HITLER....errrrrrrrrrrrrrr ROBERT *******stretching right arm out in forward motion******

      hey Bobby can you be our next Dictator? pretty please!!!!

      March 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
      • robert

        Hitler now...interesting view on things you have...
        how many toes do you have? 10? Fingers 8? 2 thumbs?

        Now get out your liberal calculator, use all of your digits and count to 22000.

        Wikipedia time is here also...look up dirty bombs, Dr Khan, hunger in N Korea, US donations, wheat, Quod Forces, The Messiah in Iran...call me back and then we can talk...

        March 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • Montre

      Wow! Okay Dr Stranglove, calm down just a bit and take your meds.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
      • robert

        My guess is you missed out on the current trends, but Dr Strangelove was a comical spin...proceed to the checkout at walmart now.

        March 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      As the world's superpower we do more to irritate our enemies than to try to find common ground. Furthermore, by now the United States should be fully aware that fighting wars and bullying other nations are not always the answer! The major flaw with our foreign policy is it too often favors some countries over others. And whenever you have such double standard, your enemies becomes less inclined to trust you and broker with you! For example, GWB often referred to North Korea and Iran as axels of evil, yet at the latter part of his second term in office, he actually expected the North Koreans to compromise their nuclear program for food aid! And that is a GWB who invaded and destablized Iraq without uncovering any WMD's! So Who is the axel of evil in the eyes of the North Koreans and Iranians? Well, it was no surprise that Jung Il decided to violate the terms of the deal and go back to his old ways! And until we are willing to respect our enemies and find common ground, then being a superpower becomes counterproductive to our overal goals!

      March 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
      • robert

        Im former military us and involved in current threats, father, husband, baseball coach, applie pie etc.

        I'm no fool and I wish we all could get along and build schools instead of ships

        It's the whispered threats that create the uncertainty. It's proxies like Hamas and Hizbelluh with the invisible hand of Iran killing Jews for what prupose? Beacuse they don't think they should be in Jerusalem? The iranians have built a criminal enterprise that exports terror in a state sponsored way.

        The Kim dynasty is the largest counterfeit government on this planet.

        If you travel in the US and Eurpoe you see billboards advertising products.

        Iran, Cuba, Iraq in the day and N Korea...you see billboards with government slogans, idealogy, people...no goods and services. A controlled society is out fo control on a world stage.

        A loose nuke or dirty bomb changes everything forever.

        Dr Khan should be hung on the same day that N Korea, Syria and Iran are taken down in infrastructure and the Chinese should be told to sit in the corner and watch.

        March 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Qban1der

      Let's just bomb the hell outta North Korea and turn South Korea into a new island. BOOM! Problem Solved. We need to Stop playing this montonus game of cat and mouse/ Big Brother. We need to show them we need business. To do that, we need to throw a tantrum like they do, and "accidently" blow up a port off their coast.

      March 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • Mohammad

      How did these Iranians send despost to the west bank how did they get thru Israeli security. Sir Stop watching fox you have no idea what your saying . The biggest exporter of violence in the world is my country America end of story .

      March 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  42. Jack 63

    Meanwhile back at the launchpad the scene unfolds.
    Hey comrade Kip!
    Yes comrade Hu?
    Has the US spy satellite passed over?
    Why yes comrad Kip I do believe it has.
    Ok then let's move the feul trucks over there and the rocket over here like the Glorious Leader said too!
    Wonderful idea comrade, confusion to the Americans!

    March 29, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
    • yeah yeah

      hehehehehe

      I like where you were going with this, I wanted to read a better punchline but not bad.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
      • Montre

        I thought is was pretty good, YeahYeah, but what do I know? Apparently, I'm at Walmart with the rest of the Walmartians.

        March 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
      • robert

        sorry I meant Target

        March 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  43. Jack

    It's just a small communications satellite, I don't see what the problem is.

    March 29, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
    • I can't believe is not butter

      Sure you dont understand! That's because you are a north korean brain washed not to understand....comys suuuxxxx:-P

      March 29, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • Frank

      It's not the satellite that is causing concern. No one cares about the satellite. It's the booster rocket that propels the satellite which is of concern. They are using the satellite to test the booster. It has a range of over 4,000 miles. Change a satellite to a nuke and you have an ICBM capable of hitting the USA. That's the problem.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  44. Jack

    Let er rip, just tell little junior kimmy if anyone gets hurt we will nuke Pyongyang

    March 29, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
    • Forest Hills

      Kimmy could use a little less pie, don't you think.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
  45. tekelder

    Looks like business as usual in the NKDR. Another US administration sucked into giving the NK elite food that they will sell for hard cash on th eworld market just like the bountiful harvests that they have sold for hard cash to create this very real decades long famine for the peasants.

    March 29, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • Montre

      No surprise there, Tek. Meet the old boss, same as the new boss.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  46. rivirivi

    Let's just blast it. what are they going to do after that, spank us?

    March 29, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
    • Forest Hills

      Won't you pass me a piece of pie.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
  47. Herp Derpington

    BREAKING NEWS:

    The cake is a lie.

    March 29, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
  48. The DPRK... Medussa personified

    The DPRK is nothing but a glutton for punishment. They're their own worst enemy. But it's been that way for 60 years now and it's not going to change anytime soon. There's no sense trying to deal with them as both government and authorities are totally dishonest... their word means absolutely nothing. That the people have to suffer the punishment because of such nondescript "leadership" is tragic, but as things stand, there's no feasible way out in the foreseeable future, for them or for us.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
  49. yeah yeah

    NK has all the right to launch a satellite, if that's what it is they want to launch , WHO the fu&$ is anybody else to tell them no they can't? But all the neighbors around them can? F that! I don't blame them for their posturing, I can't imagine anybody else reading this being told as an example "ohhhh you can't do this yadda yadda yadda" on your own property? HAHAHAHAHA I'll first laugh in their face, while laughing all the way to finish what I started, MAN please I hope they continue.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • OK, then. Pack your bags.

      You'd be a great candidate for emigration. Please... consider the possibility. We'll all be more than grateful.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
      • yeah yeah

        "OK, then. Pack your bags.

        You'd be a great candidate for emigration. Please... consider the possibility. We'll all be more than grateful."

        Hey great retort cheif......that lets me know I struck a nerve and i'm right, that some people are thinking "hey I would be pissed too if somebody told me I can't do something" Only that because it's the big bad NK boogieman...then "ohhhhhh yeah lets be the typical moronic american being spoon feed scare tactic propaganda to keep them oblivious to the real truths"

        Guess what pal your a great candidate to be brainwashed for another Nazi (U.S patriot act) party take-over.

        HAVE A NICE DAY!

        March 29, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • KKDenver

      You cannot do anything you want on your own property. The world is a community and neighbors have a right to stop you from certain things

      March 29, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
      • I can't believe is not butter

        Fffffff off I do what I want when I want on my own property...kiss it uncle sam!

        March 29, 2012 at 11:33 am |
      • yeah yeah

        "KKDenver

        You cannot do anything you want on your own property. The world is a community and neighbors have a right to stop you from certain things"

        Ohhh really???? guess the U.S is exempt in that department ehhhhh?
        I mean hell I wish I could see chemical weapons to a country (Iran)
        I wish i could carpet bomb a country because they differ from a capitalistic ideology (vietnam)
        I wish I could conduct tortures against a geneva convention doctrine that I signed (ask any Guantanamo inmate)
        I wish I conduct mind control experiments and other birth control and disease experiments like Nazi geneticists (Project MK Ultra, Tuskegee Experiments, AIDS) <–guess it doesn't count since U.S citizens allowed this to happen to themselves :)
        I wish I could fund Terrorists [ Mujaheddin (which eventually became Al-Quada/Taliban) Operation Southern Cone, School of the Americas]

        KK Denver I guess your right pal.

        March 29, 2012 at 11:37 am |
      • yeah yeah is an idiot

        @yeah yeah: You are everything that's wrong with America.

        March 29, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • usmclsc

      You're correct, they do have a right to launch a satellite. No one is contending that. What various countries are contending is that they're doing it to test their launch capabilities so they can use their rockets to launch nuclear weapons in the future. The U.S. and other countries have been working with other countries to get NK to have another country that already has launch capabilities launch the satellite. But the North Koreans have refused...because it's not the satellite they're interested in, it's whether the rocket works or not.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
      • Montre

        Good point. It's not the cargo, it's the awfully powerful method to get it into space that seems to have irked a lot of nations.

        March 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • I can't believe is not butter

      Lmao yeah yeah.......boogie man comment was classic:-)

      March 29, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • CapnKirk

      Nobody told them they could not launch it. However, they did agree, in return for aid not to launch any such vehicle.
      So again, nobody told them they could not launch it, but if they do we have the right to stop they aid we are giving them.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
      • yeah yeah

        Now you do have a point there CaptnKirk if those where one of the stipulations of the aid program.
        I don't argue that.

        March 29, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Paul

      yeah yeah, sounds like you are pretty ignorant of the situation over there. Maybe you need to do a little more research before you say stupid comments like that.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • dseeburg

      Ok by that logic why dont you start building a nuke on your private property. See how long it takes before the government sees your macho "I do what I want" attitude and raises you a life sentence in federal prison. It being your property does NOT give you the freedom to do whatever you please. Regardless of what some whack jobs who tell you otherwise seem to think.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • Montre

      True, but I'm not so sure that it's the "satellite" that's the issue. Seems more like a poorly veiled attempt to test a new rocket.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  50. Valkyrie

    If you look very closely, you can see one of the trucks wth truck driver leaning out the window and gesturing to the engineers on the launch pad.... "Pardon me, but might you have any Grey Pupon?"

    March 29, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
  51. patch vader

    " quick , comrads, who brought the matches?"
    .
    And with that, asuccessfull launch witnessed by thousands of starving, cheering, north koreans

    March 29, 2012 at 10:39 am | Reply
  52. Chasity

    let them launch their little rocket and we will keep our food.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:33 am | Reply
  53. C Zenko

    Perhaps South Korea and Japan can do some missile tests on the same day, see if the missles can make it all the way over North Korea. Maybe it can be International Missile Test Day.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • Just a Tax Payer

      We definitely need to take it out of the sky once it is out of their air space.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
  54. coolbreeze

    NK is a threat to our nation and allies. NK leaders should really think about what they're doing, it only takes twisting a few arms and kim-chi will be eliminated

    March 29, 2012 at 9:38 am | Reply
    • Richie

      If you've seen various amounts of North Korean documentaries, then you will find that there are people in this world that are extremely cruel. In this case, the North Korean leaders are basically dictators, brainwashing the people of North Korea and some of them still think that the U.S. is still in isolation. That's how much they are messed up, North Korea I mean.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
      • Montre

        difficult to imagine that such isolation exists in the world today....but it does

        March 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • I can't believe is not butter

      We need to put a hooters bar in every defiant country...maybe big knockers and wings would get thi crazy people to chill out and be In peace.....O O

      March 29, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
      • KKDenver

        It doesn't seem to have helped us

        March 29, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  55. meaz23

    George Bush is there at the missle site trying to start another war.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply
    • stuart vick

      your dumb

      March 29, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
    • Jacknyd

      Go back under your Rock.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
  56. Ho-Down

    How else to get global approval, allow some country to hit you with something really big, the rest of the world is shocked, and so permission is granted and the slate is wiped clean, ie: Pearle harbor, 911. Think about it. In both incidents retaliation was extreme and brutal.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
    • I can't believe is not butter

      We need to blow this fools of the map..sick of hearing about this lil angry miggits threatening us ...lets do this..ffffff this lil bastarddddsss

      March 29, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
      • chippy1

        stop skipping your meds

        March 29, 2012 at 11:04 am |
      • hi there

        did you mean "I can't believe IT'S not butter?" .................

        March 29, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  57. fu9l

    agin who cares this is a open launch anyone is welcomed to check the sat and whats inside the rocket there launching this would be there 3rd sat . the 1st came down the 2nd is still up there its not like there doing anything wrong they have asked the press and the regulators to inspect the sat to prove its nothing more than that its pathitic that we cant just go there prove what it is and let em have at it its not like there putting the 1st one into space if it were closed to regulators worry but not in this case .........

    March 29, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
    • maddiecait

      test

      March 29, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply
    • maddiecait

      If representatives of the North Korean government are going to post, at least find someone who can write well in the English language.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:38 am | Reply
      • Montre

        Does such a creature exist?

        March 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Martin

      The point isn't that it's an open launch. The point is that the world does not want NK to have the technology to launch a satellite because it is the same technology used to launch long range missiles. Get your facts straight people.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • How naive art thou?

      Any inspection or presence at the site would both acknowledge and legitimize the launch.

      Even if we were to inspect, do you really think that they'd give us carte blanche to look anywhere we wanted? If you do, you're even more naive than you already appear to be.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
    • malmark

      eh.. nevermind the satellite.. theyre using the launch as a pretext to test long range missiles.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
  58. Liam

    PARDON ME... has any one seen my pipe and slipers?!

    March 29, 2012 at 9:11 am | Reply
  59. Tr1Xen

    Obama doesn't scare N. Korea one bit. Who would be scared of such a pushover?

    March 29, 2012 at 9:01 am | Reply
    • SidAirfoil

      It doesn't seem that NK was too scared of Bush, either, in spite of his Republican-style chest thumping. Try not to let your outrageous anti-Obama bias be so obvious.

      Sid

      March 29, 2012 at 9:15 am | Reply
      • RHAN

        He's not our President anymore. Enough with the irrelevant comparisons.

        March 29, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      Ask Al-Queda that question.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
      • maddiecait

        Tri – Who was that guy Seal Team Six whacked? That was the previous president or current? Are you playing into our media's desire to create news and views in order to avoid focusing on the extensive reform needed in Government to reduce debt, improve performance by elected officials, and have a nation represented (in Congress particularly) by those who represent the people and the nation vice whoever contributes most to their reelection campaigns.

        March 29, 2012 at 9:41 am |
      • this guy

        madiecait.... it wasn't either president, it was the seal team... if you wanted to point a finger at one of the presidents anyway, then it was bush that killed osama and saddam as it was his decision to send troops over there in the first place.

        March 29, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • I can't believe is not butter

      Only us americans are scare of him and his medicare” OBAMA CARE”

      March 29, 2012 at 10:24 am | Reply
      • blue79

        Only us americans with substandard ability to think for ourselves are scare of him and his medicare” OBAMA CARE”

        fixed that for you, you're welcome.

        March 29, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • A Concerned Citizen

      Excuse me sir, I believe you're referring to the man who had the testicular fortitude to send troops into Pakistan to assassinate a terrorist leader. Something that the previous president never had the stones to do. I know you can't help letting your political bias leak into your terribly worded statements but a simple solution would be to just never post on this website again. Have fun living in the Bible belt and absorbing the nonsense that radiates from it.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
      • Montre

        LMAO!

        March 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • KKDenver

      I just thank God there are enough of us who aren't scared of black people and give or president the credit he is due. Some of you are so scared it's disgusting. Pull yourselves together and grow a pair.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
      • hi there

        I don't think it has to do with him being black. For some people yes, for all of us, no. I'm not a fan based on intelligent, thought-out reasons. I'm white and have black friends, co-workers, and neighbors who I adore. So... let's not put all anti-Obama individuals in the same bucket please and thank you!

        March 29, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Larry L

      I suspect the terrorist community is scared of him... at least those who aren't dead yet. Don't let hate cloud your judgement. We have the 2nd Infantry Division sitting under something like 60,000 artillery pieces and who knows how much chemical and biological weaponry. We know the North has at least a few nuclear weapons and esclation of that conflict could lead to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. It could easily wreck the world economy with China and possibly Russia engaged at some level. We don't need a loud-mouthed cowboy to start wars. We tried that and it didn't work well.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
    • The Woof

      The same pushover who'd order a serious strike if ever a NK missle were to hit the US or their allies.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
  60. Matt

    Haha, we can play hard ball with countries that don't have any WMDs, but as soon as they get one we pump them full of food and other aid. At what point is our dignity worth letting NK launch a nuke so we can finally wipe them out? Korean girls are hot and all, but to finally be done with this nonsense is worth losing some hot chicks. If our fearless D-bag can remember to turn his mic off before he whines about needing concessions for his political career, maybe he can explain to the pudge ball that we aren't playing his daddy's games any more.

    March 29, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply
    • Kurtinco

      I take it you don't have many friends.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • nd

      Matt- This comment scored 98.7% on the Bullseye CNN Political Commentary Scale. The only improvement you could have made would have been to spell the word "losing" with a double-o like most people around here. Good job.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:19 am | Reply
      • dn

        More like BullS*** scale. Everyone knows it is a totally different game dealing with nuclear armed countries. If you remember 10 years ago we were being lied to about WMDs. Who got us into these messes? Its your congressional leaders who you have elected to serve you that voted for them. You were probably posting pro-war regurgitated propaganda back then anyway. Now that its gone on too long and you realize what exactly war is, you blame the current president instead of the people who started it. Talk about stupid

        March 29, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • I can't believe is not butter

      Matt:
      Its loosing..not losing......

      March 29, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
      • really?

        I can't believe is not butter, it's "it's", not "its". If you are going to correct people on their spelling, make sure you pass 1st grade grammar first. Idiot.

        March 29, 2012 at 10:41 am |
      • KKDenver

        Loosing? are you that brain dead?

        March 29, 2012 at 11:00 am |
      • hi there

        Loose: free from anything that binds or restrains
        Lose: to fail to keep, preserve, or maintain

        Sorry to hear you only have a 5th grade education.

        March 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Larry L

      Are you willing to give your life for this cause? Do you know anything about the region?

      March 29, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
  61. scranton

    Yaaaawwwwnnn. Business as usual in North Korea.

    March 29, 2012 at 8:03 am | Reply
    • Micah

      Pretty much.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:34 am | Reply
    • maddiecait

      Actually, inviting a bunch of folks in to witness their launch is somewhat different than crazy Dad's behavior.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:42 am | Reply
  62. Camera01

    What would the American military do again when you post satellite images of a new experimental rocket on an international website?

    March 29, 2012 at 7:58 am | Reply
  63. JackieG

    The NK know the Yankees and Japs are full of hot air.
    Like yappy poodles on a leash.
    Besides, they might have an agreement with some other state similar to the agreement Japan had with Germany prior to Pearl Harbour.

    March 29, 2012 at 7:17 am | Reply
    • tom

      Dont you have better things to do like go worship the picture of your dear fat leader?

      March 29, 2012 at 7:26 am | Reply
    • scranton

      The only yappy dog is North Korea. They yap every time they need more food to feed their starving populace because their failed inadequate government cannot provide. What a looney tune country.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:02 am | Reply
    • Be careful of hot..

      Nuclear fission makes hot air, right?

      March 29, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
  64. salahuddin

    Two great articles about Korea at theruggedgent(dot)com. The Last Bastion of the Cold War and The Ryugyong Hotel: North Korea’s Deathstar

    March 29, 2012 at 6:00 am | Reply
  65. rocketman

    We blew up the last one they launched and will probably do the same to this one and say they had another "failure". Sorry Lil' Kim Jr. ;-)

    March 29, 2012 at 5:47 am | Reply
    • tom

      "we" blew it up? List your source? How do you know that?

      March 29, 2012 at 7:16 am | Reply
      • Truelies

        He is correct. I was a missile defense tech at Osan when we intercepted it.

        March 29, 2012 at 7:39 am |
      • joe08

        Then why are you talking about that here?

        March 29, 2012 at 8:28 am |
      • Think about it

        We have the capability. Maybe it's called "common sense". Read up on that.

        March 29, 2012 at 10:57 am |
      • joe

        You're full of sh!t.

        March 29, 2012 at 11:10 am |
      • joe

        Truelies – You're a dumb@$$ too.

        March 29, 2012 at 11:11 am |
  66. June

    If the ONLY nation in the world that dropped an a-bomb (two actually) on civilians is allowed to develop and maintain a nuclear arsenal enough to blow up every city on the world, what's the big deal?

    March 29, 2012 at 5:44 am | Reply
    • Stormy

      You need to get over it and quit using the excuse of the US being the only country to drop a bomb (2 actually) being able to have and maintain the bomb....
      If you recall, that was in response to Pearl Harbor which everyone that mentions the US using a bomb forgets to mention. The US has not used them since, and I would say it took great courage not to use them in response to 9/11.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:07 am | Reply
      • tom

        "I would say it took great courage not to use them in response to 9/11."

        Oh please, get real. Who would we have bombed? Nobody knew where Bin Laden was now did they?

        March 29, 2012 at 7:18 am |
      • Dan

        Indeed, and keep in mind that, as terrible as that nuclear response was, it did shorten the war, and actaully reduced the number of war deaths as a result. And remember, even after the first bomb was dropped, the Japanese emperor remained unmoved, and did not concede until a second nuclear attack.

        March 29, 2012 at 8:46 am |
      • Chae

        In the pantheon of atrocities that occurred in WWII, Pearl Harbor ranks somewhere near the bottom. It was a military action against strategic military target. What made it noteworthy was that it was done without the generally agreed upon niceties of an actual declaration of war.

        March 29, 2012 at 8:50 am |
      • June

        "If you recall, that was in response to Pearl Harbor "

        No it wasn't. Pearl Harbor (an attack on a MILITARY target) was 1941, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were 1945, AFTER Germany had already surrendered and the war was coming to a close. We just needed to field test our brand new shiny bombs before the chance was lost. And in no way it was a commensurate "response", it's like losing a fistfight at a bar, and four years later, gunning down the family of the other guy. If you want to continue pretending that's a honorable course of action it's your own choice.

        March 29, 2012 at 9:19 am |
      • NP

        you have a twisted history. the response was entering the war. They dropped the first a-bomb cut the war time short and lessened the number of american casualties in the planned japan invasion. the second one was dropped because scientists and military jerks wants a comparison study between hiroshima and nagasaki.

        March 29, 2012 at 10:48 am |
      • History_Buff

        Response to "June".
        You really need to do some more historical reading. You are dreadfully off the mark. The dropping of the atomic bombs came after several months of internal debate at the highest levels on whether to use the weapon and, if used, in what manner, i.e. demonstration or directly targeted. Operation Olympic, the invasion of Kyushu (southern main island of Japan), was scheduled for Nov '45 and preparations were well under way for it. To subdue Kyushu, assuming the same causality rates as Okinawa, (a very conservative estimate), it would cost between 100,000 and 200,000 American lives with an additional 400,000-600,000 seriously wounded. Japanese estimated casualties were about double this, including several hundred thousand Japanese civilians, depending on if they participated in the defense (highly likely) or tried to "get out of the way" (as the people in Europe generally did when battle entered their area.) To subdue Honshu, the Japan main island (operation Coronet, Mar '46), would result in overall casualties at least double the above. So the number of dead on the American side would be in the neighborhood 400,000-500,000 with about 4.5 to 5 times that number of serious wounds. Our total battle deaths in WWII came to about 411,000, so invading Japan would have essentially doubled our total casualties for all theaters for the entire war. These numbers horrified the Truman administration as well as the military leaders. The Chief of Staff, Gen Marshall (same person that later devised the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after the war) advocated the use of poison gas on a large scale, to save American lives. So did many others in the military. They did no believe that a few atomic bombs would result in Japan's surrender. These people all had access to the best intelligence available so their counsel cannot be disregarded. The casualty numbers were created by statisticians in the military and government. So, no matter how you figure it, the two atomic bombs SAVED far more lives than it cost. That is just the terrible arithmetic of war. James Byrnes (Secretary of State) replied to Truman, when asked whether he should use the bomb, replied: "Picture yourself in 1946, Mr President. You are testifying before the Senate in your impeachment proceedings. A senator asks, 'Mr. President, are you telling me that this country had a weapon that could have ended the war sooner and saved all those sons, brothers, and husbands who died subduing Japan and you did not use the weapon?" Truman did not need any more convincing. By the way, just in the way of scales, the atomic bombs were NOT the most deadly air raids in history, believe it or not. That “award” goes to the first firebombing raid on Tokyo the night of March 9-10, 1945. About 300 B-29's using conventional incendiary explosives destroyed 16.1 square miles of the industrial and commercial heart of Tokyo. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 150,000 civilians died and about 1.2 million were made homeless. The atomic bombs of 1945 were not the Armageddon weapons that were developed later. Each on delivered the equivalent of an air-raid by 150-200 B-29's loaded with conventional weapons. (This is one reason why Marshall doubted they could cause the Japanese to surrender. After all, about 80 square miles of Japan's largest cities had already been destroyed in fire bombing raids.)

        March 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • JoEProvidence

      We are “allowed” because who is going to say NO to the only country to ever drop atomic bombs on civilians?

      March 29, 2012 at 7:14 am | Reply
    • LiberalNN

      "What's the big deal?"

      You really don't have a clue, do you. It's sad.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:23 am | Reply
    • Rodeoguy

      We are allowed to because we won the war, we can do what ever we want until we are defeated in battle and surrender to our foes.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:40 am | Reply
    • BillyJoel

      Actually it took us four years to bomb the japanese because we didnt have plane that could fly all the way across the pacific.... so we had to take over all of the islands in between (i dont think you can take one over in a night.....) and establish airports, once we finally got close we launched the bombs on japanese homeland, kinda how peral harbor is our homeland............ Just sayin.........

      March 29, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply
    • Use your head for cryin' out loud

      It's called responsibility, June. Outside your vocabulary? Look it up, then you just might understand.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
  67. james

    So wada they gona do ? Blow up the world?

    March 29, 2012 at 5:11 am | Reply
    • tom

      agreed. I think we could influence them more by just ignoring them. But all the right wing hawk boneheads here, are incapable of understanding the logic.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:28 am | Reply
      • Truelies

        Ignore NK? Are you serious? No wonder Obama kept a right winger in his defense plan. Dumb@$$

        March 29, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • Lindley

      [Londo]Actually....now that you mention it....[/Londo]

      March 29, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply
    • Ruining your whole weekend...

      No, just your back yard barbeque.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
  68. Name*king

    Honestly with there track record this is probably going to be a big flop and another embarrassment for them.

    March 29, 2012 at 5:04 am | Reply
    • krehator

      We have the ability to make it look like a technical failure or accident.

      March 29, 2012 at 5:31 am | Reply
      • GaryO

        What do you think we'll do? Shoot it with a laser?

        March 29, 2012 at 7:23 am |
  69. Joe Sixpack

    The Koreans are such good people. This is sad.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:30 am | Reply
    • Concerned4all

      Finally, someone makes a compassionate comment. The majority of people are good...it's a shame they have to deal with this $@#!

      March 29, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
  70. singam

    The N.koreans are a threat to the whole world. They are no better than the Talibans . What is the main purpose of launching the satellite.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:29 am | Reply
    • JackieG

      Communications is the reason.
      They wish to communicate with you.
      Should we nuke em?
      maybe you will end up in court if you push the button.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:09 am | Reply
      • Thoughtuknew

        Think about this.... they are launching a communications satellite, to communicate with who? They are the most isolated country in the world. Their citizens cant even get food to feed their families much less afford a Cell phone or GPS or Internet. This is a test of an ICBM plain and simple!!!!

        March 29, 2012 at 9:22 am |
      • Great idea

        It'd be worth it.

        March 29, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  71. mbjrp36

    Wait, Launch Pad, North Korea's Launch Pad? As in singular, do they have only one?

    March 29, 2012 at 3:44 am | Reply
  72. Bengt

    Funny that one has to read an russian article to find out something about the launch.
    Its a weather satellite. So you don't need to wet your american pants. :-)

    www .itar-tass .com/c154/378134.html
    Remove 2 spaces to use link above.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:39 am | Reply
    • tom

      Obviously you are Russian. Was it really necessary to come here and insult Americans?

      March 29, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
    • JuneCleaversBeaver

      Don't you have a bread line to stand in or something?

      March 29, 2012 at 8:04 am | Reply
      • Mike Litoris

        Love the name

        March 29, 2012 at 9:24 am |
      • TonNYC

        that's why he's commenting here because he's standing in a Bread Line, or should I say (Ochered' za kolbasoy) and has nothing better to do...

        March 29, 2012 at 11:52 am |
      • vatoloke

        No bread in north. Only rice. Rice line only!

        March 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Milk and cookies

      What a trustworthy source. Now we know that you believe in fairy tales.

      "Fee, fie, foe, fum" said the giant... Are you asleep yet?

      March 29, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
  73. jjjj

    and i want to know who the FOOL is that restarted the food aid plan for North Korea? With IDIOTS like that controlling things who knows what the next crisis will be... Who would be that stupid and naive enough NOT to believe North Korea was just up to it's same old stunts... They have no interest in anything but irrationality... as usual.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:31 am | Reply
    • HowstheChangeGoing

      meh, that would be the chosen one named Obama, how's that change going again? I'm sure he forwarded a "strong" written protest to N. Korea though, so it's all good.....right?

      March 29, 2012 at 6:17 am | Reply
    • tom

      Hey genius, if you have a better plan than did Bush/Cheney or Obama/Biden and all their advisors, can you please enlighten us Mr. Einstein?

      March 29, 2012 at 7:20 am | Reply
    • Dilemma

      There is no workable plan, Tom... and that includes food. Isolation is the only thing on the table right now.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
  74. desertcities

    China is in full corporation with the NK launch considering this fairly new site is only 35 miles from the Chinese border. For what reasons, only intelligence agencies should know. However, NK is perpetuating its demise and eventual implosion as there are too many variables including a very worried S. Korea, Japan and Philippines. It would not surprise me if the mission itself fails, or intervention later and it's shot down. From there the bluff is called in and China and Russia will not provoke, just watch our reaction.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:17 am | Reply
    • UBDUM

      Philippines.
      WTF >?

      March 29, 2012 at 7:34 am | Reply
      • NP

        you have a mentality of a white person.":if it doesn't account in your interests, it becomes irrelevant". i believe philippines is just concerned with world peace. it is second nature to any "islanders". you have to ask why americans need some protest from NK's neighbors... to make them look good as 'self-proclaimed world police". Travel a lot outside US and you will find about our "foreign policy" (not americans as people) irritates everybody. Just try Europe buddy.

        March 29, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  75. Freddie

    The US or Japan should shoot it down once it leaves N.Korea. Its probably agains the ABM Treaty but what the heck. It would make the North look impotent and perhaps provoke them to strike S.Korea-a great pretext to finally ending the war. China created this ghastly regime and can live with the fall out.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:12 am | Reply
  76. GookSlayer

    carpet bomb them they are dangerous

    March 29, 2012 at 2:59 am | Reply
    • WTH

      Are you stup1d..dude get a life and stop being a racist.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • NP

      why dont you lead the first batch of attack, tough guy.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
  77. zogg

    lol some real dingbats here us and russia at least have a grasp of what a nuclear war will bring get a freakin grip

    March 29, 2012 at 2:53 am | Reply
    • Back under your rock

      Lol? You think it's funny? You're sick.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
  78. janerose

    I had a 3rd ventricle brain cyst that was almost fatal and surgery left me with a dent in my head as a result of the berylium in the tip of the above ground nukes. Was a child in Utah when all the mountain goats died along with 1000's of other animals. No harm in Nevada? We'll there was plenty of damage in Utah.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:40 am | Reply
  79. TexVictor

    I wouldn't worry too much about an EMT going off and doing any damage to the U.S, Hell the U.S detonated hundreds of nuclear in Nevada and it didn't hurt anything then.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:15 am | Reply
    • EMP?

      You mean EMP and the effects of an EMP will only be felt when detonated in the Air not in the sky.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:22 am | Reply
      • EMP?

        I meant detonated in the sky not on land...doh!

        March 29, 2012 at 7:23 am |
    • UBDUM

      Well, i have to hide the third eye on my forehead,
      It scares the children.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:36 am | Reply
  80. ma & pa

    North Korea: 60+ years of paranoid dictators, lying to the citizens, saying all other countries, including U.S., are the cause of their hunger and poverty while N. Korean gov builds a war machine with the money that should go to feed it's chidren. Why? What's the point? An uprising by the people is impossibe when they are weak with hunger. Maybe that's the point. Dictatorships suck.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:40 am | Reply
  81. john

    Cut pff ALL aid to this step-child. Let China deal with the aid. China is using NK as a proxy due to the US military build up around the Spratly Island near Philippines and Vietnam. Same old same old.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:36 am | Reply
    • tom

      The reason for giving the aid was to make an attempt at getting them to change behavior. Its the only card we have to play. War is not an option, given the destruction they would cause in S. Korea plus the fact that China would probably jump in on the North's side. All you hawks should consider that. China has hundreds of nukes and the rockets to deliver them to U.S. cities. Is that the war you want to risk, just to "reign in" N. Korea and be a John Wayne?

      March 29, 2012 at 7:25 am | Reply
      • tony

        hey Tom,China wouldnt dare attack it's biggest customer....afterall they own all our debt,without us,they would not survive.

        March 29, 2012 at 9:02 am |
      • NP

        or maybe its the other way around,we won't do anything to upset china because they own us?

        March 29, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  82. Brad

    Sooo it's illegal and looked down upon for North Korea to launch a satellite into outerspace.....

    but it's okay for us to use satellites to spy on their every move???

    How does that make any sense?

    March 29, 2012 at 12:50 am | Reply
    • daveogilvy

      They're not launching a satellite into space, they're testing a ballistic missile.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:59 am | Reply
      • john

        This is not a missile they are supposedly launching. It is a rocket, big difference.

        March 29, 2012 at 1:34 am |
      • evan

        its ballistic missle technology smart boy

        March 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • guest

      If a single nuke is detonated during the entry orbit stage of the rocket, an emp will ripple the naturally occurring magnetic fields of the earth. The effect is magnified and the result would be a power surge in any conducting material in north America. In order for a satellite to reach orbit it must pass through this critical area. Logistically speaking, no American could ever reach a logical conclusion to allow this to happen.

      March 29, 2012 at 1:28 am | Reply
      • RobertK

        I can't imagine that this particular missile will carry a nuclear warhead, and if it doesn't no EMP could possibly occur. Of course, if it really is a satellite launch, an explosive payload would not serve a purpose anyhow.

        March 29, 2012 at 2:47 am |
    • rick

      think then type

      March 29, 2012 at 5:51 am | Reply
    • JH

      Do you really believe that they are launching a satellite into space??? They don't even have a rocket that can get to space and into orbit to make a delivery yet...pretty sure they are not going to spend the extra millions putting a satellite into a rocket when they have failed every previous attempt.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply
    • SidAirfoil

      I hate it when people like you compare the US and NK like this. You have dropped ALL context and compared us on one single issue...that we have satellites, therefore they should be allowed to have them, too. Nonsense. they are NOT the same as us. If you think they are, then move to NK and live happily ever after. They signed an AGREEMENT not to launch rockets, and they are now breaking that agreement. In doing so they will stop the flow of food aid leading to more starvation of their own people. All this so that baby-Kim can prove he's got balls to the other people in NK who might like him dead. If any of this sounds like US policy concerning rockets and nukes, you need a lobotomy.

      Sid

      March 29, 2012 at 9:26 am | Reply
    • Recess is over

      It's called "common sense", sonny boy... a term with which you're obviously unfamiliar.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
  83. Billybobredux

    Perhaps it is the Supreme munchkin having a family picnic.

    March 29, 2012 at 12:42 am | Reply
  84. eddie rustad

    well it"s 2012 isn"t it

    March 29, 2012 at 12:28 am | Reply
  85. USA_FOR_YOUR-->LIFE

    bobafettelatapette
    You must be kidding. Poor? Weak? Dumb? lol. We get asked to bail out everyone , and after we do we are the bad guys?
    I hope N. Korea enjoys living in the stone age. Maybe after living the next 50 years the way they have been under that regime, they will realize, they need to have an uprising of their own. Do you have any Idea how many people try to become a USA citizen? And better, do you know why? Because this is the best country on this fine earth!
    1. Poor? we have our poor, but the modest and rich far out weigh them, and even our poorest of poor can have a education to bring a better future for them selves.
    2. Weak? Really. Pakistan! Iraq! Afganistan! < and this was for the killing of 2000 Americans on 9/11! Be happy we stopped here!
    3.Dumb? Most of the middle eastern countries goverment officials send their kids for education. Do you know why? we have some of the best education in the WORLD!
    I hope the N.korean people wake up and start doing something for themselves.

    March 29, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
    • Mesco

      Because of only 2000 people that killed on 9/11 .and then go to par away iraq. Afganistan and pakistan to elimanated million of muslims over there .its very shame for american but any way iran or north korea would insha allah destroyed united state.isreal and its so called allies. Very Soon

      March 29, 2012 at 6:30 am | Reply
      • Mike Litoris

        wake up from your dream slick...it'll never happen !!!

        March 29, 2012 at 9:35 am |
  86. bspurloc

    it would be cool if so many people werent at the intelligience level of sarah palin. reading news being palin stupid is a sad thing. learn the region so u dont make ignorant comments.

    March 29, 2012 at 12:05 am | Reply
    • littleloki75

      how can you talk about intelligence when you cant even spell it?

      March 29, 2012 at 2:44 am | Reply
  87. LibsLie

    This must be all Bush's fault to huh? I mean every world action if negative Bush's fault if positive even before his majesty came to office must be Obama's expertise? Hillarious..........wasn't Obama doing to fix this and everything else? Well the only thing Obama fixed was our economy........for the worse worse than any other spent more than any other.......yep guess he did not offer them enough of our tax money....

    March 28, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      nah Obama is the one that changed focus off the 911 mastermind Osama to saddam and invaded the #2 oil producing country of OPEC..... and why did he do that again? just because he wanted to interrupt the flow of oil and make it so OPEC doesnt ahve to meet anymore on whether to cut production to lower prices anymore? eh.... but hey u probably want to shoot the rocket down and put South Korea back into war cuz your that smart

      March 28, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Reply
    • ItsJustMe757

      Got to love it when people blame presidents at all, when we people understand that they are just figureheads that make no real decisions on their own. You crack me up, you think North Korea will stop what there doing if Obama just says he does not agree with their actions? Get a clue!

      March 28, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Reply
      • Drew

        Really? they are just figure heads? ok explain obama care? get facts?

        March 29, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • bspurloc

      put your foxfacts down.
      The beloved Ronald Reagan is #1 in increasing the debt Bush jr is #2 Bush Sr was #3 but now that is Obama. try to stick to real facts not foxfacts

      March 29, 2012 at 12:02 am | Reply
    • Gabe

      I'm not even really sure what you are trying to say. My english was better than yours, when I was 3 years old. Sad...

      March 29, 2012 at 1:01 am | Reply
  88. regarola

    geez, that government. i think the citizens are totally screwed and have been. so cut 'em completely off untill their own people force a change and bust their butts if they even get near a nuke.

    March 28, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Reply
    • Sean Essary

      That doesn't seem like the humane thing to do

      March 29, 2012 at 1:08 am | Reply
  89. bobafettelatapette

    Why not korea souldn't be aloud to have a satelite ? and what's the matter with north korea anyway, they just want to be left alone, I don't like this kind of regime but they don't invade other contry like the united state do. To the amerikan, come on guys you got to take back your contry. America is now knonw as poor, the bad agressor, the dummest population in the world, your freedoom of speech is going down and your falling apart, you better wake up, ( I'm on your side guys, you it's just that you have been conquered )

    March 28, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
    • Noles42

      Learn English before you comment next time.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:02 am | Reply
    • July.faction

      Get an education on what you are talking about. They shouldn't be allowed to have a "satellite" because its just their excuse to shoot off another ICBM at peaceful countries around them. and they DID invade another country- South Korea in the 1950s.People don't understand that the North Korean government just lies about everything all the time. They will say anything but only when it suits the games they play with the rest of the world.They will say the sky isn't blue its red like that star on their flag if the government says so. They pretend to want to give concessions but its only to stave off total collapse of their ailing system. Stop blaming Americans for everything. We saved South Koreans from that megalomaniac the first time around.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:26 am | Reply
    • Recess is over

      Please provide proof of advancement to 3rd grade before posting in the future. Thank you.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
  90. Darthlawsuit

    So why don't we just ignore North Korea and bomb them when they eventually f***** up. Let them whine and cry all they want and never give into them.

    March 28, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      yeah so lets get this correctly implanted into yoru head,, do u know where north korea is or r u palin smart? move the USA into south koreas place with the whole north korean armed forces a few miles from the capital and tell me about bombing north korea knowing they have no problems unleashing their whole military onto u. its nice sitting in your house safely in the USA where it is strategically impossible to invade.... and spew ignorance about bombing a country placing millions of South Koreans lives on the line. too many dolts. get an education.

      March 28, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Reply
      • Darthlawsuit

        First off... U mad bro?

        Secondly. I believe the defense of South Korea is South Korea's job. We are their ally and will support them in a war but its not our job to setup the defenses South Korea has to use against the North.

        Third. When I said bomb them when they screw up I meant when they launch an arty strike against South Korea or hit Japan with a missle when they were aiming for Hawaii. China is and has been sick of NK for a while. They are a pain for China as well and I don't think China will risk a war with US war if North Korea was being retarded and started the war. China has far too much at stake.

        Fourth. North Korea has to cage its people in and keep them under lock and key to prevent them from escaping. A bunch of AK-47 drops in among the NK people while we bomb their military and North Korea will tear apart at the seams. In the Korean war the Korean people were with the Communists, most of them are not anymore. Most want out of NK and into SK, we can help gain the means to get rid of NK.

        Fifth. We have absolute air superiority in the area. Japan + SK + US and their troops won't move an inch without being blown up.

        March 29, 2012 at 12:27 am |
    • pandaNAM

      1) Agreed bspurloc sounds mad. 2) The issue is not so much defense as it is holding onto our ever diminishing influence in the region. 3) Although China may be publicly "sick" of North Korea, they are still it's number one ally. It would be like a country invading Canada and us just sitting by saying that they had it coming. 4) While many North Koreans may lead impoverished, sad lifestyles, a majority of them stand by the "state" and whatever decisions it makes. Just look at what happened over there when Kim Jong Il died. The guy was like a national hero. 5) And this is a really scary reality, but we might not have air superiority. Numbers are about even, plus it terrifies me to imagine what kind of cyber warfare (possibly grounding our planes) China would unleash if it ever came to war. So I guess my point is I would like to agree with you that we should bomb the heck outta those commies if they should "screw up" but the reality is much, much more complicated.

      March 29, 2012 at 1:19 am | Reply
    • thesmart1

      it would be absolutely asinine to "air drop" AK-47s to supply the other bit of the population. Have you ever been to North Korea? Did you know that they worship their leader as a god, look up any video on youtube and see them bowing to the late uncle Kim. Those statues didn't build themselves either, there is just as good of a chance of them using your "air drop" AKs against us *facepalm*

      March 29, 2012 at 2:36 am | Reply
  91. Ryan Anderson

    Great, going to Seoul on the 11th for business just in time for this fiasco.

    March 28, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  92. US Army Veteran

    Not much respect coming out of North Korea for President Obama –maybe the President ought to tell the new youg North Korean Dictator that he will have more flexibility after the election --

    March 28, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Reply
    • TechMojo

      Awesome, ha!

      March 28, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      yeah he shoudla told him to tell putin so suck it cuz we need another war.... wars are free... cuz it really matters how many nukes the USA and Russia have. and we really need to put a missile defense on russias border to protect "EUROPE" cuz we would allow russia to do the same thing in CUBA. ingorant

      March 28, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Reply
    • A well kept secret

      Yeah, boy. That was a good 'un all right. Wonder why we didn't see anything about Obama's "mike still on" gaffe on cnn.com?

      March 29, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
    • Michael

      Really? I mean under Bush they tested nuclear weapons and become a nuclear power. What good is anyone else going to be? North Korea doesn't give a fu ck what ANYONE thinks.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  93. FedUpwithLA

    I am really tired of commenting on these people. The more one says, the less these people listen. Don't know what this, or any government, is going to do with these people. Send them food => they build missiles. Don't send them food => they build missiles. What choice do you want?

    March 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      why do we care? its South Korea that we are trying to help. they are in a cease fire. just suggest bombing them cuz the USA needs South Korean blood on their hands. it is definitely somethign bush would do cuz he doesnt know anythign about this region like palin

      March 29, 2012 at 12:00 am | Reply
      • Michael

        I've read both the article and the posts on this subject, as I spent 14 months stationed at Camp Greaves almost 20 years ago. I left South Korea the day before Kim Il Sung died.

        Obviously W wouldn't bomb them because HE DIDN'T BOMB THEM. During W's administration, some of our military camps were deactivated and handed over to the South Koreans. The camp I was stationed at, some 3 kilometers from the demilitarized zone (otherwise known as the DMZ), was one of them.

        The United States Army is in South Korea as a deterrent. WE are the reason North Korea hasn't resumed festivities in the region. They know that if they roll south while we are there, we can quickly and decisively bring the full might of the military to their doorstep.

        Our troops stationed there are a sacrifice, and we all knew it when we arrived. One well-trained infantry division doesn't stand much of a chance against an army that is over a million strong, but it does provide enough of an obstacle to allow additional forces to arrive before the country is completely taken. Also consider that pretty much the ENTIRE NATION is set up to defend itself, based on what I've seen of the infrastructure. The North Korean military, while numerically superior at the outset, will be decimated once the full combined might of the US and SK military is brought to bear.

        Finally, Bspurloc, I have to ask...are you mentally deficient? You spout about other posters being "Palin stupid" while typing rambling, barely coherent posts completely devoid of proper mechanics and punctuation. Your spelling, while not as awful as your mechanics, is pretty bad as well.

        You admonish people to learn about the region. I suggest you do the same.

        March 29, 2012 at 7:02 am |
      • evan

        and if the us is in a fight its not just the us and sk...its the UN u russian bastard

        March 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • kingkong

      I hear brussels is lively in the spring....

      March 29, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply

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