What to expect on North Korea's launch pad
A DigitalGlobe satellite image of North Korea's launch site at Tongch’ang-ri. The image was taken on March 28, 2012.
April 2nd, 2012
02:00 AM ET

What to expect on North Korea's launch pad

By Adam Levine

With North Korea's anticipated launch of a satellite-topped long-range missile set for within the next two weeks, more activity should soon be evident from the satellite images being collected from the skies above.

The expected launch is meant to commemorate what would have been the the 100th birthday of Kim Il Sung , who founded communist North Korea and is grandfather to current leader, Kim Jong Un. The regime informed the International Maritime Organisation that the satellite will be launched between April 12 and April 16.

Some activity has already been seen in commercial imagery made available of the Tongchang-dong Space Launch Center, although the latest image showed no sign of the actual rocket.

A March 28th image from DigitalGlobe (see image above) showed equipment near the mobile launch pad and activity near the fuel and oxidation buildings nearby, according to Digital Globe's senior analyst, Joseph Bermudez. The crane atop the erection tower had been swung wide and the work platforms folded back. Additionally, there was evidence of grass being cleared from near the launch pad, according to a image analysis by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University and posted on the institute's blog, 38North.org.

Activity should pick up and very soon the first stages of the rocket should be loaded onto the mobile launch pad, according to the Johns Hopkins experts, who looked back at the previous two launch attempts and posted on their blog (see 2009 satellite images on their blog here) .

Two weeks before April 2009 launch, there was little evidence of activity. But 12 days before the April 5 launch, the pace began to pick up both at the launch pad and the nearby horizontal assembly building (HAB). This time around, the Korean rocket is reportedly in the HAB already, having been shipped in parts by rail from the missile plant north of the capital city of Pyongyang.

In 2009, the first two stages of the rocket were seen already stacked on the mobile launch pad and the third stage was in the process of being put on pad 10 days before the actual launch, according to the satellite image analysis on 38North.org. The next day (9 days before launch) the third stage of the Unha-2 long-range missile and related equipment were still on the pad.

One week before the 2009 launch, images showed what 38North.org calls "a full dress rehearsal" in progress, with the rocket fully visible and "VIP vehicles are seen on the pad and later at the control center."

This March 29, 2009 satellite image shows the Unha-2 sitting on its launch pad. (DigitalGlobe-ISIS)

By three days before the launch, the rocket and tower have been covered by canvas to protect the missile, and some evidence of fueling activity is seen taking place.

On launch day, April 5, 2009, VIP vehicles could again be seen on the launch pad just 25 minutes before launch, and the Unha-2 was fully visible again. The VIP vehicles were then seen in images at the control center, according to 38North.org's image analysis.  Later, DigitalGlobe's satellite caught the Unha-2 in flight.

This 2009 DigitalGlobe image shows North Korea's 2009 missle launch in flight

It was later learned that the new leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, attended the launch with his father, Kim Jong Il.

Based on the previous launch, here is how 38North.org anticipates the current launch to roll out:

March 29-30: Transport and stacking of the first stage to launch pad

March 21-April 1: Transport and stacking of 2nd stage

April 2-3: 3rd stage stacked

April 4-5: Unha-3 checked and satellite loaded onto the rocket

April 6-7: Launch dress rehearsal

April 11: Rocket fueled and final check on rocket

April 12-16: Launch window

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Filed under: Asia • Kim Jong Il • Kim Jong-un • North Korea • Satellite imagery
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      April 3, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
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    People in North Korea are brainwashed to believe certain things. But before you get too excited about how bad they are etc, remember that you too have been brainwashed to believe the opposite.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
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    I suggest they blow the missle right after it's fired. Well,, that might be the beginning of the war.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:21 am | Reply
    • ThaHawk

      the north shelled the south last year

      April 3, 2012 at 8:06 am | Reply
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    April 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
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  18. Tom

    I say we blow up that missile when they launch. Then they will declare war on us. We threaten to nuke them and will reunite Korea. But then there is China...

    April 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Reply
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    • Jeremy

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      April 4, 2012 at 6:48 am | Reply
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    April 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      China and North Korea would both be speaking Japanese today were it not for the following men:
      Admiral Chester Nimitz
      General Douglas MacArthur
      Admiral William Halsey
      President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
      President Harry S. Truman
      Admiral Spruance

      April 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
      • james skibsted

        Joe M...yes ..but lets not forget the Marines, G.I.s and their Australian allies...

        April 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
      • ya ok

        that`s a cute thought joe... but, never would and never will happen... you know little of the area`s history

        April 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
      • JT

        Remember this Joe, if it was not for the Russia all of Europe would be speaking German perhaps maybe the United States.

        April 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
      • AlexShch

        The reality is that NONE of the above generals and admirals ever set his foot or foot of his soldiers on Korean Peninsula or elsewhere in continental Asia during the WW2.

        You forgot to mention Marshall Georgiy K. Zhukov, Marshal Aleksandr Vasilevsky, the commanding officers overseeing defeat and surrender of 1.5 mill strong Japanese Kwantung Army. In comparison with that Iwo Jima was simply an insignificant local skirmish around an island of total area of 21 square kilometers.

        April 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
      • AmmoPapa

        Alex... you mean that Russian operation they started 3 days AFTER the 1st atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The Russians didn't even declare war on Japan until after the bomb was dropped.

        April 2, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
      • Joe M.

        Alex,
        The Russians cried for help from the USA after helping Hitler conquer Poland. When they started fighting Hitler, the USA supplied thousands of aircraft, tank engines for Russian T-34 tanks, Ford trucks to transport Russian Katushia rockets and much more. The Russians could not have survived the German onslaught without immense weapons supplies from the USA.

        April 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
      • Joe M.

        JT,
        You have no understanding of the situation between the USA and Germany during World War II. Only in his wildest dreams could Hitler dream of a bombing raid on the USA. The same applied to Japan. The Japanese could only try to launch paper ballons with bombs to reach North America and that was a pathetically inadequate method that naver had the slightest effect on the USA. But at this time a US Stealth Bomber can take off from a base in the center of the USA, fly to Afghanistan and bomb an enemy there and then fly back to the central USA without ever landing anywhere outside the USA. North Korea and China, are you listening???

        April 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
      • Stacker

        Nope, China and North Korea would be speaking.....Mandurin,Cantonese ect. and Korean still. The difference would be that all of Korea would be Communist and Taiwan too. But it depends how you're playing it, because if The U.S. wasn't involved in Europe that would change the situation too indirectly.

        April 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
      • Joe M.

        Stacker,
        How do you imagine that China and Korea would ever have freed themselves from Japan? Korea was a captive since 1910. And China was occupied from the early 1930s. Were Mao and his Commie runaways planning to wave their Little Red Books at the Japanese from a very remote mountain top? Oh, yes that would have stopped them from killing, burning and looting, because Mao said so.

        April 2, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
      • Joe M.

        Every night people in China and North Korea should get down on their knees and say a prayer of thanks to the people who saved them from death:
        Thank you General MacArthur.
        Thank you Admiral Nimitz.
        Thank you President Roosevelt.
        Thank you President Truman.
        Thank you Admiral Halsey.
        Thank you General LeMay.
        Thank you Admiral Spuance.
        Thank you General Dolittle.

        April 3, 2012 at 12:15 am |
      • Stacker

        The fact is that Japan took advantage of the situation with the war in Europe including Soviet involvement in Europe and China being in a civil war. With Germany out of the picture the situation changes more drastically. To say Japan could expand their empire past where it was at into the two most populated countries in the world against the weight of the world minus the U.S. is pretty stupid. They controlled Korea and most of Manchuria but otherwise only parts of China and were unhindered in the pacific.

        April 3, 2012 at 12:18 am |
      • Stacker

        oh and don't forget to say your own little prayer to the French before you go to bed ;)

        April 3, 2012 at 12:20 am |
      • Joe M.

        Stacker,
        The fact is that Japan's army occupied the most densely populated coastal areas of China and was increasing its territory in China until they were called home by the emporer who surrendered to the USA. Only then did Russia attack. The Japanese were even thinking of using the Russians as negotiation mediators to the USA. China had no navy. China had no air force except the American volunteer Flying Tigers. China's army was being trained by American General "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell. General Curtis LeMay was flying B-29 bombers from Chinese bases against Japan. Stacker, you have a lot to learn about the history of World War II.

        April 3, 2012 at 7:50 am |
      • stacker

        Joe M.

        Nope I knew all this minus the names of the people. U.S. supported the corrupt government of Chiang Kai Shek not the communists in China who were doing most of the fighting in the land war in China. There's a reason Japan only occupied the coast and they were in no position to make significant gains in China. Yes China did not have a navy or an air-force but we are talking about fighting in China and holding ground. Also as I said before the Soviet Union blitzed into Manchuria which was planned for the 3 months after Germany's surrender without U.S. support. Japanese territory was around the coast because of the strength of their navy. They didn't have the manpower to seriously expand into Asia, are you arguing for a Japanese land war victory in Asia?

        Anyway you sound like a kid that only knows about the stories that your grandpappy told you and obviously know nothing else besides American involvement. The facts are their but you have to actually do your research. If you think that America is anything more but a piece in the puzzle granted a large piece then you are a moron.

        April 3, 2012 at 10:12 am |
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      • Joe M.

        Wrong forum, Slick.

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    • Joe M.

      James,
      The Marines, GIs, sailors, airmen and allies are too numerous to mention here, although their sacrifices can never be forgotten.

      April 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      ya ok,
      My uncle served in the OSS in China during World War II, fighting the Japanese, when your Commie ancestors ran away to the high mountains because they were scared to death of the Japanese.

      April 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      Yes,
      The Russian Communists were afraid of fighting a two-front war and did not attack the Japanese until the outcome of an American victory over Japan was dead certain. The same is true of the Chinese Communists who only came down from the mountains when the Japanese were ordered home by the Japanese emporer.

      April 2, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
      • Stacker

        The Russian fighting took place in Europe as they had the bulk of the Nazi Army invading them from Germany. Japan actually invaded through Mongolia but was repelled and a peace agreement was signed between the two until the Soviets invaded later. Also the blitz of Manchuria was planned for 3 months after the surrender of Germany and coincidentally happened between the atomic bombings as was a part of the big incentive for Japan to surrender to the U.S. as a more attractive occupier. The communists fought the hardest and suffered the most. American suffering didn't even come close in comparison. China was fighting a civil when they were invaded by Japan fyi which wasn't over until after WW2. Get the facts straight

        April 2, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
  20. Ed B

    The world drives South Korean automobiles, the only people in the north who drive are government cronies. The world flies Korean Air, and avoids Air Koryo like the plague. Make your own assessment.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  21. james warn

    These arguments have been going on for thousands of years. If we keep on reacting to the immediate threats we will keep on losing lives, abusing young men and women of their sense of duty to something other than their own egos, spend billions of dollars, destroy truth and murder millions of innocent people. Truth is the first causality of war. Yes, we have painted ourselves into a corner in so many ways and must use the best of our thinking to not push ourselves over the edge, but nothing will change for our great grand children unless there is a strong will blowing in the United States that says, "enough" It may take a hundred years but we have resources of talent to make it happen. I hope that the 99 makes this a priority. As a person of faith I also believe that there are historical significances and eternal consequences to our actions. The historical Jesus of Nazareth was a pacifist.

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  22. Communist12

    Hopefully not as bad though...

    April 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  23. Communist12

    Oh NOOOOOOOOO!! A Second Cold War!!!

    April 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • Jeremy

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      April 4, 2012 at 6:50 am | Reply
  24. Michael

    Two once unified nations, one a colony occupied by France, Vietnam, and the other Korea, in common had tast populace support for communist leaders and both conflcts had one other commonality, both promised elections on unification, promises broken by the US because neither regimes we supported would of won. In case of S. Korea we put in place a very corrupt and brutal dictator and rt was US financial interert that demanded his support. N. Korea did not neea China goading to attack South and in fact Southern leaders had little support by the people. All the records are out there to be read and so much has been written from the Liararys of all those involved that are public domain and can be found within any of our higher education librarys on line. And so too are almost all nf the transcripts of talks and they differ conciderably from the manipulated perceptions as put forth by the millitary industrial powerr of those days. N. Korea is just what history made

    April 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
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      April 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • JBD

      Man there is a ton of speculation in your post!

      April 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • Diem

      I don't know enough about the two Koreas' history to comment on, but I agree with you, Michael, regarding Vietnam's. It was indeed once a unified country, colonized and divided by the French after their defeat at Dien Bien Phu, and promised re-unification via polling. The election never took place because the U.S. supported regime would lose.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  25. Dave Freshwater

    I think that the real concern here is a possible dress rehearsal for a localised EMP strike on either South Korea, Japan or USA. Remember, modern nukes come in small packages of only a few hundred pounds. Frying a country's electronics and coupled with the unstable world economy, would be devastating. While citizens would not be immediately harmed, by destroying a country's electronic infrastructure could result in mass genocide through starvation and lack of water as production and distribution of these items are nowdays controlled by electronics/computers. If North Korea's intentions were above board, why then did they not enter into some sort of partnership with either the Russian or Chinese space industry?

    April 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      Yes Dave,
      China and North Korea have an extreme food problem if a war starts because China imports immense quantities of food from places like Australia, Canada and now the USA. China's farmland is not sufficient to feed its own population, never mind North Korea because of the extreme mis-management of agriculrue by the Communist leaders. There will be extreme starvation and shotages of fossil fuels. Chinese commercial shipping will be stopped dead.

      April 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      The Communist leaders have turned once productive farmland in China into dry sandy deserts. And their Russian allies have caused the Sea of Aral, once a plentiful source of fish, into a desert wasteland. And after doing all this, they point to the USA as the enemy. The real enemies of the Russian and Chinese peoples are the dictatorial, murdering Communist leaders.

      April 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Reply
    • MONOPOLY OF POWER

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      April 3, 2012 at 2:20 am | Reply
      • stacker

        Haha yes North Korea's Borg allies have served them well (00) Wasn't there a bizarre James Bond movie where the main bad North Korean guy makes himself white I think British white haha? Completely irrelevant to the topic but for some reason made me think about that.

        April 3, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  26. hecep

    Here's to hoping that the next DigitalGlobe satellite image shows a big bodacious crater.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  27. Bud

    Maybe you've forgotten. Last week, the So. Korean Defense Minister said he's already issued order for his troops to unleash a Patriot from their Missle Defense System. POP goes the Weasel!

    April 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • pk

      This all seems like a cartoon... I see N. Korea's missle going straight up and then straight back down, blowing up the launch pad it came from. Then S. Korea firing off its Patriot and that missle proceeds to do a quick loop and fly straight back to where it came from...

      April 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  28. Michael

    Apologize for apperance of my post as I attempt to participate, an at present using an old cell phone that is all I can afford at present time, and my mind runs faster than mini pnone and screen. Not whineing or b*tching, spent all, and I do mean all every thing ever saved in attempt to save loved one and dont regret doing so. As one of my old profs said, many of those who nit pic over spelling, punctuation, are usualy those who find self gratification by mentally masturbating over peoples works than adding one bit of any grit to the topic at hand!

    April 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  29. Alex Povolotski

    So what are they launching exactly? An empty shell or some "useful" cargo?

    April 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • Chuck

      They claim that the payload is a weather satellite.

      April 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  30. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Maybe it will blow up on the launch pad. One can but hope.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
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    I am a man who is trying to hold his family together while in the process of trying to fight for my rights to be heard. I am a man who has brought up his family on morals, discipline, character, hard work, dedication and conviction to believe that good things happen to good people. I am a man who could not be more proud of my family for all their trust and faith in my conviction. I am man who is a proud servant in my community and deserves to be heard, as I am begging for JUSTICE!

    I have learned that: “If you have no Money, A lot of Power, unlimited amount of Connection and resources, you have no chance at receiving justice within our country!

    Even though I know this to be true, that justice of only for the few, I refuse to allow Verizon to beat me! I will fight them until I die. I will never give up, I will let the world know of the abuse I suffered and the lack of justice I have received.

    Neal W. Dias

    April 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
    • ihatetrolls

      TROLLS like you get everything they deserve! Verizon OWNS you and you'll never escape their reach. you messed with the wrong people troll.

      April 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • ihatetrolls

      You spent EIGHT YEARS playing the race card? Did you even have a job during the last eight years? You're what's wrong with America.

      April 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Ralph in Orange Park, FL

      Whining on the wrong thread.

      April 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
    • Don'tDoIt

      One question: Have you ever been committed? I mean, to a mental institution.

      April 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
    • Say What??

      And this has a connection to a projected North Korean missile launch how?? Go post your "torment" on your blog. People like you get exactly what they deserve.

      April 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • Up2Late

      No one wants to get spyware, malware, or any other kind of ware from your spam inducing website, troll.

      April 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Spence

      Stop your whining and go to some other carrier.

      April 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  32. Michael

    Best read on mindset of Truman was written 3 yrs ago! Truman was a litte man not respected by anyone at that timeNo more than a complacent lacky under FDR. His famous quote, The Buck Stops Here, was not his until he heard his westero born advisnr tnld hi to use it. It war an old wild west poker players habit tn place his six shooter on table and that was where the put up or shut up Buck Stopped. In way Truman was like Lil Bush, he wanted a war to prove his manhood. Upon such trivial a manner tens of thosands were comdemed to die and a lie war born to hide behind. A lie that has repercussians 60 years later, make a nation that suffered the results of a little man is living in a National Paranoia.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
    • James

      yeah, Harry made those North Koreans invade South Korea. Harry gave the North Koreans their training, their arms, everything. Get a grip.

      April 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      China and North Korea would both be speaking Japanese today were it not for the following men:
      Admiral Chester Nimitz
      General Douglas MacArthur
      Admiral William Halsey
      President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
      President Harry S. Truman
      Admiral Spruance
      General Curtis LeMay
      General James Dolittle

      April 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      What do you call North Koreans in Russian tanks??? Answer: Dead Meat

      What do you call North Koreans in Russian aircraft??? Answer: Crash Dummies

      What do you call North Korean infantry??? Answer: A-10 practice targets

      April 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  33. supersecretspyagent

    Here's what's going to happen. I know becasue , well, let's just say I have sources. NK is going to launch this rocket. America is going to reprogram this vessel to strike the heart of China. China in turn will blow NK off the map. Bada-Boom, Bada-Bing, problem solved!

    April 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  34. Tom

    N. Korea stands in a lost position. It needs bargaining chips in order to "exchange" their will to develop nukes for rice. They're gone so far, that even China is sick of dealing with them, and I think Chinese would not back N. Korea in any sort of action against S. Korea or Japan. They're completely isolated. The would not like USA/NATO to mess around in their sphere of influence, but they're not big friends of N. Korea.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  35. Michael

    Wanna play mind gane of mine is bigger than yous? Viet Vet, 66 67 decorated, History major, far east, US malitia member until their anti semitism and wanna be killers sickened me, I have family histor in defence since 1600s, oh yes my minor was English Lit, Home defence choice warn first, clean the floors after. Now can we end the pen*s games and discuss possable repecussions of this launch? And Japan made two definate offers to surrender before bombs dropped. 3 if you count initial offer to open talks.

    April 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • Timmy

      You forgot to add "excellent speller" to your list of accomplishments.

      April 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Reply
    • Professor Michael foot penis

      Well Golly Gee willakerrs, how you are an English Minor is beyond me. Your punctuation and grammer is horrendous not to mention your spelling is incomprehensible. My english in no better however though I dont claim to be something I'm not.
      i just hope you had the intellegence to never reproduce!!!! Murrica

      April 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
    • Don'tDoIt

      So, you are a home grown illiterate terrorist. Got it !

      April 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
    • Focus on Facts

      No the Japanese DID NOT make DEFINITIVE moves toward surrender. IN FACT they had 2 atomic bomb projects. One in Japan and another in present day North Korea. The Russian invasion of the Far East, which captured the most Japanese troops of all WWII, coupled with the atomic bombs are what made the Japanese surrender. There was even a military coupe attempt to prevent the Emperor's announcement of surrender from airing. Your claims of definitive are clearly wrong from an academic standpoint.

      April 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • David M

      Your tin hat is slipping Michael. You need to put it back on the right way and re-calibrate your system. What you wrote makes no sense. Of course, stuff that's made up rarely makes sense anyway.

      April 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • James

      Michael got his degrees from the BLAME THE US FOR EVERYTHING school.

      April 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • fizban

      Michael... you're North Korean, aren't you? :)

      April 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  36. Space Angel

    We all share the blame for this. Instead of building walls, we should be building bridges. Instead of isolating, we should ba helping. We treat NK as an unemy in an undeclared war, instead of the brother that we should be helping and embracing.

    April 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
    • Don'tDoIt

      You've been sniffing fairy dust. North Korea is not friendly towards us. Remember ?

      April 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Just a reminder but NK is an enemy in a declared war, the korean war is not technically over just in a state of truce, but no perm treaty ending hostilities exist, they can start shooting at anytime.

      April 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • MONOPOLY OF POWER

      Shove your deontological ethics up your anus. Them crazy North Koreans are haji's on crack and steroids.

      April 3, 2012 at 2:29 am | Reply
  37. Dave B

    Assange,
    The first three letters in your last name say it all ! Just go away.

    April 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  38. Warchief

    North Korea is a violent, sad country. Not much different from Islam countries and not much different from atheist countries

    April 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Yes, Atheist countries by the hundreds are testing long range rockets and placing satellites into space. Since the Earth is also flat, maybe the missile will just go over the edge.

      April 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      You should have stopped your comment 7 words shorter and you would have had a semi-intelligent point; however, please, define these atheist countries you speak of?
      France, Belgium, and the Netherlands are violent and sad countries now

      The reason that all of this sh*t is necessary is because too many people are completely ignorant to reality and/or irrational, yet for some reason they still chose to act in without gathering information and analyzing it to see what they really believe.
      - The real question is – is it hypocritical to write that being that I do not know you? Or can I deduce the information from the lack of intelligence in your comment and act with this response? Now, does anyone see the resemblance to the argument that America is hypocritical in this? Are we hypocritical or do we act on the information present to formulate a plan of action that is most likely to yield a favorable outcome? Meanwhile, ignorant people with limited knowledge of actual events lob judgements as if they are actually substantiated by logical thought (...like some of you may view me...and thus the reason we cannot begin to understand each other.... think about it)

      April 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  39. Michael

    How far away is the Chinese launching sight that is that launches our permanet orbit sattelites from? What about the joint, actualy operated by China that shares info with US, the one where the Hawks claimed Clintonista Communist were aiding abetting Chinas plans to nuke us? Has any one of the respondents ever actualy read a history of Korea that was not just a political tid bit or written by other nations scholars, poly sci, or international Economics? It is not secret and much of it open to public, read Armitages papers upon Korea for State and mllitary. Lop of Hawks have no more than B.S. about what would happen within S. Koreaif a war did break out, hundreds of thnusands S. Korean and US Civilian and millitary dead. US has a vast population that treat war as no more than a spectator sport or a video game. Good lord? I thought that Like It or leave it, enough said. It is too bad that serious and reasoned discussions on Opinons in a civilized manner.

    April 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
    • Don'tDoIt

      Michael: I see your problem. Trying to get a crazy point across, which has no bases in reality, while huffing nitrous. It just doesn't work.

      April 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      Huge numbers of South Korean civilians, both men and women, have become trained as snipers. The South Koreans know better than anyone what another war with North Korea means. They know that dying in battle is preferred to living under North Korean rule. They are determined that the next war with North Korea will result in the unification of Korea under a free and democratic government and they have a deep religious faith in God. The North Korean army and civilians will be involved in extreme physical effort with inadequate food and will fall apart under an intense barrage of cluster bombs, napalm, cruise missiles, MLRS and long range artillery.

      April 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  40. palintwit

    I dread getting my phsical today. The doctor is going to stick his finger up my Palin.

    April 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      I'll stick my finger up your Palin, if you swallow my Obama

      April 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  41. if your not American your wrong

    I say we allow N Korea to develop and launch said missle and when they do lauch said missle we proceed to knock it outta the sky and wipe their little skid mark of a country off the face of the earth hence giving china a much needed parking lot !!!!! Murrica !!!!!!! Damn Commie Imperialist Pigs

    April 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • jjjj

      This is what's "GOING" to happen. The North Korean's are going to set up their missile, launch it and what ever happens happens, and nothing will be done to prevent it, or anything after it happens.

      They know the United States and other countries are not going to do anything, this is the only reason they play these games.

      They even blew up a South Korean ship about 1 or 2 years ago, bombed an island in South Korean territory, and possibly tested a nuclear bomb, they even seem to have been helping Syria develop their own Nuclear facility, and nothing happened... haha

      April 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
      • Billy Bob

        I Like You......." said in a mentally challenged voice"

        April 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  42. Julian Assange

    American rocket = satelite lunch, scientific endevour.
    NON lap dogs rocket = WMD missile.
    Americans are RIDICULOUS!

    April 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
    • Rick

      Julian, shut the Fricking hell up. You are nothing more than a hypocrite and a moron. No one cares about your pathetic comments. Why don’t you go and live in NK and then tell us how their prison system works because you will find yourself a guest there for being a spy. If you think NK is so great g and ask their people how they enjoy living day to day starving and living in fear of oppression. Julian Assange = Moron!!

      April 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
      • Marlin

        Actually Julian makes a very valid point about American hypocrisy and double standards. It's time the U.S.A. Started practicing what they preach. The American foreign policy is based on short sighted selfish goals and backed up by bully boy tactics.

        April 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
      • Seraphim0

        You guys need to have actually read up on things. Or work on reading comprehension.

        The missile launch is identical to the last so far, in the respects that the technologies they are using for a 'satellite launch' can be used to further their ballistic missile delivery system. In the agreement they made during the nuclear talks, this would not happen. They agreed NOT to do this sort of thing.

        Even China has said this move makes them uneasy.

        April 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Rick

      No he doesn’t, America doesn’t go around acting like a Terrorist, and we don’t enslave our own people, we don’t go to Japan kidnapping young Japanese women and forcing ourselves upon them like the NK do. And yes that is and does happen a lot. We fight for freedom, the same freedom many of you morons are enjoying but are too stupid and blinded by your own obsession to realize.

      If it wasn’t for the US most of the allies we have today would not be enjoying the freedoms they have currently. So do not preach to me about how America is a two faced nation. If you think America is such a terrible country to live in, then please by all means go to NK and try to enjoy those same freedoms you have today, because I seriously doubt you will. NK launching the Rocket has nothing but vial intentions. That I can promise you.

      April 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • Randy T

      Yeah, thats why we still own every country we crushed or liberated. Germany , Japan, Italy, France, Poland, Panama and Iraq. We dont want them, we dont want to fight but we end the insanity when we have to.

      April 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  43. Murrica

    Michael, Theo, You are so ignorant its pathetic and a little bit sad that you even share your thoughts pubicly. I hope in "your airspace" you have a missle overhead that just so happens to malifunction and drops strait down. Then when you happily agreed and stood by to "give them a chance" you finally come to some kind of understanding on why we don't allow known enemies of the U.S. to try atempts such as these. Excuse me if I'm being brash but sometimes we all need a little direction in our lives.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • Marlin

      The U.S. Has been launching missiles over other countries for years. American and Russian space junk re-enters the atmosphere weekly so what's your point?

      April 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
      • thank you Captian penis

        Marlin, This conversation was not for you........Stay outta my life monkey!!! i hate you

        April 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  44. Ron Obvious

    Christ, this is why I try not to read comments sections. Huge blocks of horribly parsed, grammatically suspect rhetoric, followed by facepalming replies.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
  45. Theo

    I don't condone the way North Korea operates, but I do find it interesting how some governments are allowed to have a space program and others are not. Same with the nuclear issue... didn't the US use the A-bomb, twice? Should there be some kind of an apology for that before you scramble around trying to stop other regimes acquiring the monster that you created in the 1st place? Apologise, destroy your own stock, and then come back preaching. Practise what you preach.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • Caleb

      Theo, you don't understand. Japan absolutely refused to surrender, and to prevent further loss of life on both sides, the bombs needed to be dropped. Even at the lives of Japanese civilians, the war had to stop. And what you don't understand, North Korea HAS a nuclear program, and they are not RELUCTANT to use it. You say practice what we preach, and we preach freedom and a secure world, and right now, N. Korea wants to stop that. It may seem simple to be able to sit there and just say "Ohhh Destroy your stock pile blah blah practice what you preach" but in reality, that is only leaving America partly defenseless, and that sure as hell wouldn't be good news for us, but it would for or enemies. You believe words are the answer; Reality Will Not Tolerate That Kind Of Ignorance. \

      April 2, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
      • Stacker

        To Caleb: Fact is Japan surrendered because of threat of Soviet invasion coupled with the atomic bombings. Japan probably would have surrendered either way despite the atomic bombings but hindsight is 20/20. Point is that to say Japan surrendered because of the bombs ignores the Soviet invasion part which was the main contributing factor.

        April 3, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • Milton

      Typical Progressive.

      April 2, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • bozobucks

      REally? US should owe an apology for dropping the A bomb on a country that did a surprise unprovoked attack? And you think it's ok for a unstable country that threatens its neighbors should be allowed to have wmd? Sir, you are a total moron!

      April 2, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
      • Marlin

        Have you looked in a mirror? Seems you would see a moron looking right back. Did anyone ever stop to consider the number one threat to peace is in fact the U.S.A?

        Many countries feel threatened and bullied by the U.S. And seek ways to protect themselves by creating a deterrent. Do you actually think the world is blind to the starvation you reaped on Iraq prior to 9-11? How many innocent people has the U.S. Murdered through sanctions? How many have been killed through collateral damage? If another nation kills civilians they are labelled as terrorists but the U.S. Actions are only collateral damage. Ridiculous.

        April 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
      • bozobucks

        Marlin, your not just a moron but an idiot too! Really, If Hitler didn't act up,we wouldn't of gone over to Europe. If Japan didn't act up, we wouldn't of bombed them. If the soviets didn't start spreading communism, we would not of been in Vietnam and other places fighting. If the Arabs, muslims, al queda, taliban, etc didn't act up, we wouldn't be there. So in other words, if you evil uncivilized barbaric people wouldn't act up, the USA wouldn't have to police the world. And if you didn't act up, your people wouldn't suffer. So don't blame the USA for murdering "those civilians". It is them and their governments own doing. But why and I talking to you....again your a idiotic moron who too stupid to see the truth or admit it.

        April 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
      • Rick

        Well said bozobucks, someone who actually understands. The fact is this. The US only has only attacked other countries in response to their provoked attacks and unprovoked invading of another country. The difference here is that NK was unprovoked and invaded South Korea, that drug us in the war. So NK has very limited option and leeway with the US and the UN. So a county like NK that is desperately trying to get Nukes and yes once they have them will use them. To me I say good, because once they use them there will be no power on earth that will save them, not even the Chinese. It will finally be the end of NK and the world can move on and be a better place for us all to live in.

        April 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
      • Stacker

        To Rick: For the most part yes. How about the 2nd gulf war in Iraq though, and Afghanistan? Recent track record isn't so good.

        April 3, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • SnafuBob

      Yes we used the bomb twice, however it was under totally different circumstances. It was clear Japan would never surrender let alone unconditionally. You realize that had we invaded the home islands the loss of life on both sides would far exceed the number of deaths dropping the bombs cost. Also we were not the only nation working towards developing nuclear weapons. The Germans, and the Soviets had working programs at the time Britain as well; it's ironic that Germany killed and imprisoned many if it's top scientists; those of whom didn't get out while the getting was good. Rogue states like North Korea are working on nuclear weapons no so much for the intent of using them, but threaten to use them. Doing so would ensure their destruction; they are in effect using the program they have as a form of state sponsored terrorism, plan and simple.

      April 2, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
      • SnafuBob

        plain even...

        April 2, 2012 at 11:36 am |
      • MONOPOLY OF POWER

        " it's ironic that Germany killed and imprisoned many if it's top scientists; those of whom didn't get out while the getting was good." <<talking out your ass. see Operation Paperclip

        April 3, 2012 at 2:44 am |
    • Illegal Imigrant

      Vai tomar no cu

      April 2, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • Joe

      Yes, you are absolutely right. Instead of our current plan of action, we should support North Korea and assist them in developing long range missiles and nuclear technology. Meanwhile we should destroy our nuclear arsenal and eliminate any defensive strategies. That way they have the ability to provoke a global thermonuclear war, and they have a means through which to attack the United States or it's allies. Then, we can expedite the increasing of the potential for a third world war.

      That is a fuc*ing brilliant idea, theo!

      April 2, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
      • Time to Play

        I liked Fallout 3

        April 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • Anti_Fareed

      Caleb, the justification you and America has been using to nuke two cities full of innocent civilians will never be accepted and understood by others. It's OK for Americans to possess nuclear arms, have military presence spanning the globe, and murder civilians, but it's not OK for others to do it. Americans are nothing more than a bunch of hypocrites.

      April 2, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
      • bozobucks

        If it wasn't for barbaric evil uncivilized people like you! we wouldn't need these weapons and there would be peace in the world. But until that happens, the USA is the only country still keeping this world from being taken over by the likes of you.
        LONG LIVE THE USA!!!!!

        April 2, 2012 at 11:56 am |
      • Dale Maxwell

        In this world of instant information "ignorance is not an excuse"

        April 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • Seraphim0

        Anti- your comprehension of the actual events leading to those situations displays that youhaven't actually read or learned about the situation outside of propaganda and misinformation.

        April 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
      • temglo

        without USA today where would the world be , under hitler right?it seams like you are too quik to forget the hands that fed you, withforce order can never be achieved . God bless America

        April 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Capt. Obvious

      Chances are that some branch of your family would cease to exist if those bombs weren't dropped. They said they wouldn't surrender after ONE of their cities was erased, imagine if we had to fight them for every inch, it would've been much bloodier and lasted at least another two years. Just be grateful that the US was the first country to discover nuclear technology, otherwise we'd be in an uglier, irradiated world

      April 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
      • Plags

        Not true. The threat of Soviet invasion was the primary incentive of the surrender of Japan. 2/3 or was it 3/4ths of Tokyo alone was completely destroyed by the American firebombings which in total did far more damage plus other cities. Of course the damage of the Atomic bombs is nothing compared to today's the principle is that nuclear weapons should never be used again and not justified. Also there was a lot of debate and even regret at the droppings of the bombs.

        April 3, 2012 at 1:32 am |
    • Dale Maxwell

      The bombs were dropped on two smaller cities. A real power merchant like Hitler would have but these bombs in the middle of Tokyo, London, Moscow or New York city. The decision to use them was made after determaning a full asult on Japan would have resulted in hundreds of thousands if not millions dead, with Japan ready to fight to the last man. Your nieve thought that the USA has a bomb why shouldn't everyone else? Makes my skin crawl. 60,000,000 people parished in WW2. A war that we wanted no part of. It had to end, Harry Truman saw a quick end. An end that save millions of lives and could show the world how far mans desire for world domination could go. They started it we ended it. Unfortunatly there are ignorant people (like you Theo) who do not believe evil exists. You will learn this when Iran's evil bomb attempts to "wipe Israel off the face of the map" I hope you will understand this, and prepared for the real terror that will be when this happens. Teach your children well my misguided freind.

      April 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
      • AlexShch

        The decision to drop the bombs was done merely to tests them and to show to the rest of the World (but primarily to Stalin) that US has them, OK? The theory that it was done to finish the war quickly "to save American lives, and ultimately Japanese lives" is GARBAGE put together by pre-paid historians in 1995 during Clinton administration. Before that is was an open moral dilemma in US consciousness. Clinton decided to get it over with.

        In reality, after Soviet Union entered the war with Japan in August 1945, Japanese Kwantung Army was collapsing and the war would be over in a matter of month with or without the bomb. In fact, Kwantung Army was collapsing too quickly and too uncontrollably for Truman to be comfortable: do nothing and wait means that Japan would surrender and Soviets would have some say in post-war settlement of Japan. Drop bomb - Japan surrenders to US (and only to US) Soviets have no say. That is the logic.

        April 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
      • Dale Maxwell

        First off take Bill Clintons d#@k out of your mouth. Then explain why the aforementioned explanation was being givin in World History classes in public schools in 1979, Long before Clinton donned sunglasses and a sax on the Tonight Show. Or before he took credit for 12 years of Reagen/Bush policy. Or the eight years of mandating Barney Frank and Fannie May/Fredie Mac to give unsubstaniated loans to unqualified borrowers. Resulting in the default of millions of loans, and collapse of the homebuilding industry. And the subsiquent resecession that followed. Or the dildo cigar insident resulting in a stained "blue dress" I find it insulting. That the Democratic party would follow this excuse of a President with the current leader bent on the destruction of American values, and a far left liberal socialism. Who's ideas of change has brought more debt, racism, class warfare and political conflict then at any time in my 50 years on this planet.

        April 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • jjjj

      Theo, the United States found itself in the middle of a War, with the goal of takeover, Germany was taking over the East, and Japan had started to take advantage of the West with a surprise attack that was planned to try to restructure the world. This was WWII and Geo global outlook was that the whole world was at war and whoever comes out on top would be the future of the world... The United States used it's weapon to sway the path of that war, a defining moment in history. So you have your opinion but you need to understand the broad picture before you say, "oh the atomic bomb was sooo horrible how could anyone use it". Well that's War...

      April 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • Frank

      Dumb-O-Crat...

      April 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
    • stacker

      I condone how North Korea operates. Do you support North Korea's labor camps and oppression of their people.

      April 3, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
  46. sam

    What anyone can expect if they try to shoot it down I bleieve is NO MORE S KOREA....thats a good possibilty

    April 2, 2012 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • Rich

      Nukes notwithstanding, I'd put my money on S. Korea. The North can provide a LOT of targets for them to kill, though. It wouldn't be pretty.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • bspurloc

      yeah cuz the South Korea capitol isnt within range of every single mortar round the North has..... never mind all the other populated cities

      April 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
      • MONOPOLY OF POWER

        shut your pie-hole, these hippies don't need to know that.

        April 3, 2012 at 2:48 am |
  47. RK

    For those who don't like or appreciate the U.S., no one is asking you to come here, stay here, or even worry about us. We'll be fine without you. Go on your merry way and do your thing. But, in the unlikely event you need our help for anything – natural disaster, war, etc., - please don't come back and ask for help. If all you can do is rip us apart because you have nothing better to do or look forward to, then take care of yourself. That's right – put away anything that says "Made in the U.S" on it, shut off any program created in the U.S. and, hey, here's a thought, quit paying attention to any website that comes from the U.S. Call me a redneck and all the other crap you want to call me - fact of the matter is, in the big scheme, we really don't need you or your pitiful whining. We're more than capacble of taking care of ourselves. Can you?? And if you're in the U.S. and complaining about how horrible America is – I'm sure there'a another country that more than adequately fuflills all the things you want. Go there. Today. Now. Please.

    April 2, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
    • brian

      Murrica

      April 2, 2012 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • Pavel

      "In the unlikely event you need our help for anything..." Correction: in the quite likely event, actually. Natural disasters and all other kind of acts of nature and men happen all the time, and then the hated US is immediately expected to come and help, as if the Americans are perpetually indebted to them all and have no other things to do or worry about. Makes you sick, this attitude.

      April 2, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • canadian

      you don`t even take care of your own people when it comes to disasters anyway and believe me if there was a disaster here the last people i would want to see are americans

      April 2, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
      • 89 GT

        And now the Canadians speak up. You may not want to see us come, but your government would be there with a hand out for help.

        April 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
      • bozobucks

        Eh! – hole

        April 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
      • 89 GT

        Oh, forgot something, please so as not to force our selves on you, keep your citizens seeking medical treatment in Canada. Your health care should be far better than ours :)

        April 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
      • Marlin

        We saw American aid in WW1 and WW2 where they maintained an isolationist policy as long as possible. I wouldn't expect nor want American assistance in any form. It's curious also after Katrina the Canadian Navy were among the first responders and Canadian air carriers brought aid as soon as the airports were re-opened.

        The Canadian reality is the biggest threat to our security comes from the United States.

        April 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
      • Pavel

        To Marlin: and what exactly did you do in WWI and WWII? Saved everybody? Deafeated Hitler? Liberated Nazi concentration camps? Rebuilt Europe? Oh yeah, I forgot, that Marshall Plan thing, that was a canadian program, right? Now, if you do not want a US help in any shape or form, tell your government not to ask it if need be. Also, if the US is the biggest threat to your security, then you are welcome to seal off your border with it and enjoy your peace of mind. Open up to Iran and Havez. What is stopping you?

        April 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
      • bozobucks

        Canada has a navy??? Wow! Now I really feel more secured in this world.

        April 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
      • Dale Maxwell

        Sounds like Islam is alive and well moving like a Panzer division in Canada

        April 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
      • Randy T

        The 51'st state. You only exist because of the United States of America.

        April 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
      • Stacker

        Randy T: and we only exist because of the U.K. How and what exactly are we protecting Canada from? All those other commonwealth countries far away from us are having a really rough time too. Poor New Zealand and Australia. If only they lived closer :'(

        April 3, 2012 at 1:08 am |
      • stacker

        to Pavel: That's like 100 people bragging because they lifted a bus to 10 people that could only lift a car.

        April 3, 2012 at 1:58 am |
    • stacker

      Actually we import more than we export so we do rely on the rest of the world. Are you saying that there's nothing wrong with America that we shouldn't criticize? Isn't that what this country is based upon? Questioning your government. You know who else doesn't question their government, North Korea, because they can't.

      April 3, 2012 at 10:54 am | Reply
  48. Liebster Welpe

    Ka-Boom

    April 2, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
  49. Jose

    Wow gentlemen I have to completely agree with Ray, If someone enters my house without my permission and I fear for the life of my family and my own there would be no talking, so let’s stop been hypocrite and by all mean let me invite anyone to go and visit North Korea. I love the US and everything that it stands for, that's why for the past 18 years I have put my life on the line; for my rights as a human been and freedom of speech something that the people of North Korea DO NOT have, so please once again let me invite those of you, who are in total agreement and against the US, to please visit the North Korea and feel free to express your concerns, and let see how long you will live!

    April 2, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
    • Dale Maxwell

      Thank you for your service Jose

      April 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
    • Marlin

      Contrary to your self righteous attitude Americans don't have the right to enforce their version of morality on the world. While you bemoan how despots treat citizens in THEIR countries you make no mention of the barbarism inflicted on innocent civilians by the U.S.A.

      Let's examine the impact U.S. sanctions had on Iraq prior to 9-11. How do you justify killing children by depriving them of medicine and nourishment? I'm sure you really upset Hussein. How do you justify thousands of cruise and tomahawk missiles launched against water treatment and sewage treatment facilities? How do you justify hundreds of thousands of civilians killed as a direct result of U.S. Military actions? Who are the real terrorists? It seems obvious to everyone but the Americans. So do everyone a favor. Stay home, keep your guns holstered and mind your own business. The world has had enough of your exported violence and selfish foreign policy based sense of morality. It should also be noted the only time the U.S. Intervenes anywhere is if there is money to be made. Genocide and brutality continues unchecked in countries not financially important to them.

      April 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
      • Dale Maxwell

        Then spend billions restoring them. Ever heard of the Marshall Plan (after Europes destruction the USA put Humpty Dumpty back together) Hitler was not satisfied with capitulation He reduced cities to rubble. All a part of Germany's policy of "Frightfullness" Yet USA is left to pick up the pieces and try and restore humanity. I almost wish we could or should go back to isolationism and keep cleaning up your Frightfull messes. Ingrates!

        April 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
      • Seraphim0

        Marlin... your deluded sense of the truth is really, really quite sad.

        April 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  50. sum yung guy

    Believe in the Lord. Don't deny the truth!

    April 2, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply
  51. n3kit

    America's guilty conscience dictates that it meddles with everyone's affairs, its best radar is on its way to monitor nokor's activity, serves us well here in the asia pacific region.

    April 2, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply
    • Dale Maxwell

      If you could pull your head out of your asses! We would prefer not to have to fix or clean up all your messes.

      April 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  52. dajidali

    [小董向潘石屹借钱买车]:潘总好!从来也没有名博主借钱给粉丝买车,潘总能借我15万元买车吗?这样您就创造了微博上的一个历史。

    April 2, 2012 at 7:09 am | Reply
    • Jack

      I completely agree with you!

      April 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      Whah???

      April 3, 2012 at 7:56 am | Reply
  53. Failure ,ABORT MISSION

    The fact that this missel can screw up in the launch is the major concern. There is most likely a self destruct capability, however all that has yet to be tested in this launch . A malfunction could send this thing in any direction and that is where the trouble begins , Japan or others may not know its a failure and think they are being targeted .

    we have not seen any movement by this new kid on the block as being stable , there is 49 dead south koren sailers from a ship that was sunk by a north koren sub and the shelling of the island are all indicators that this kid is an idiot.

    April 2, 2012 at 6:52 am | Reply
  54. Michael

    Yes Japan does have a Right to Defend Itself but tn down that missle does not have one iota of threat from a missle attack by Korea. I own property under Homestead act which means i own the ground AND AIR SPACE above it but I am sure as He*l not going to shoot at dny damn airplane that tresspasses on MY airspace just in case someday some idiot may take a pot shot! There are no contest more challanging contest than Chess bv Dominos is good way to put away the pieces and still keep a mind in strategic mindset but the Domino Theory was a way to catch publics fancy, darn few Anericans knew how to play chess but did know how to play what they thought was a childs gaoe so the Chess players found a way to point out another childish idea THE BOOGY MAN and Korea bece the first communist boogy man that couid play dominos and american children are still knocking over dominos and looking all over for boogys, only thing is the dominos are not pieces of wood, they are millions of flesh and blood dead

    April 2, 2012 at 4:50 am | Reply
    • John

      Wow, if you don't know the difference between an FAA registered and inspected commercial airline flying over your house and a ballistic missile (contents unknown) fired from a country that claims that you are their sworn enemy, flying over your country then you need put down mommy and daddy's computer, the little school bus is probably out front waiting to take you to a large brick building where you might actually learn something.

      April 2, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
      • Rich

        Like his sentence structure? As you said... wow.

        April 2, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • choppertrash

      Good luck with that "my airspace" thing...

      April 2, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
      • MONOPOLY OF POWER

        lololololololololololololololololol......

        April 3, 2012 at 2:53 am |
  55. happy

    SHOOT IT DOWN !!!!!!!! NEVER LET NORTH KOREA ACHIEVE LAUNCH OF MISSLES

    April 2, 2012 at 4:07 am | Reply
    • sam

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Oh Yea Sure,That will work.......geezzzzzzzzzz

      April 2, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • Charles tak

      I agree totally! We are nothing but weaklings. We always get pushed around by punks. We only fight when there is OIL.
      We need to blow N. Korea off the Earth. We had a good chance to when their past leader passed away.
      Why do we give enemies rice & grain? The USA should be like during the good ole days when we showed our might.
      Today all we do is Talk B.S. .....look how long it took for the US to take action when 911 happened. But look how fast we took action when Pearl Harbor was attacked. What the Hell is wrong with the USA????
      ******This whole thing is just a damn B.S. game if you'd ask me.
      ****at this rate I hope 2012 catastrophe would occur.

      April 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      yeah of course..... shoot it down and Risk the North attacking the south... hey what do we care it isnt the USA they will attack as they have no capacity to do so... Hi we are just ignorant americans who know NOTHING of this region, please just ignore us

      April 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
    • LUNCH OF MEASELS?

      The North Koreans are having lunch and have the measels. What's going on? LEARN HOW TO SPELL!

      April 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  56. Michael

    There are reasons that country is stil divided and they go back to before Korean Conflict began to the end of WWII and agreements signed and then broken by not North Korea, but by the aiiies that won it but without China and Russia who said they wanted to stick to original agreement. The Korean Conflict as carried out by the allies was one of most deliberately brutal conflicts since when US Masacred thosands of unarmed Phillipinos when it invaded and conqured that nation after Spanish American war. The devastation to N Korea was worse than any of European nations during WWII! Not one single structure was left unscathed in all of the land not even a farmers house let alone a villege was not targeted, even if NO millitary were within 100 miles from there! RAPE and Straffing of Civilians WAS SO COMMON no one reported it. Remember Custers 7th Cav of Indian defeat@? Not finding any indians to wreck revenge upon they took it out upon N. and S Koreans.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:04 am | Reply
    • Dean

      ???

      April 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
      • Dale Maxwell

        I agree Dean WTF????

        April 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • John

      So what you are saying is that because of what happened to General Custer on June 25, 1876, THAT was the reason the UN (not America) decided to take action against the DPRK? Now America maybe, we can be a patient people. I can see us waiting 74 years to invade to invade Korea just to get some payback for the Little Big Horn but damn, I didn't realize United Kingdom, Turkey, Australia, Canada, France, Greece, Colombia, Thailand, Ethiopia, Netherlands, Philippines, Belgium, South Africa, New Zealand, Norway, and Luxembourg all wanted to get payback for Custer too. After all these are all the countries that fought for and had people die for the ROK. The people of the Philippines must have decided to forgive us the "massacre of thousands of unarmed civilians" as you put it because even they sent troops to Korea. Oh wait, maybe the Filipinos killed the Koreans as a way of getting their own payback? If you really know you history I think we invaded, raped and killed the Koreans as pay back for the General Sherman incident of 1866 when the Koreans (just outside Pyongyang) attacked and killed Americans on an unarmed merchant ship. So how about them apples, they drew first blood! Or it could be Professor Plum in the Library with the candle stick.

      Speaking of libraries you should visit one some day because I think your television is confusing the History Channel with the Cartoon Network.

      April 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
      • Dale Maxwell

        Spot on John!

        April 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Frank

      WOW.... You & Whitney sharing the same stash I see...

      April 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  57. Chris

    You will NEVER lose consciousness, death is a seamless entry into eternity

    April 2, 2012 at 3:21 am | Reply
    • CommonSense

      **Yawn**

      April 2, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
      • LUNCH OF MEASELS?

        Burn "common sense" at the stake. (Do you see the irony in my carefully crafted rebuke of your blasphemous, yet morose, commet? It works as an attack and as jab at my own intolerance....you're right...YAWN!

        April 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  58. Chris

    This life is but a moment, repent and believe the gospel

    April 2, 2012 at 3:15 am | Reply
    • CommonSense

      *Yawn*

      April 2, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
  59. Michael

    I hope that the launch goes off without a hitch and no one interfers with the launch in any way. I am certain that Japan has the capability to knock it down and am quite certain that Japans threat to do so only came with US urging. Of course the tech is available and the Japanese would love to flex its millitary muscle and after defeating its peoples objections of their millitary forces being used to aid US war efforts even although their Constitution forbid it, as always escalation happens. There are so many ways that to interfere with a launch from seeding with EMF particulates, to an actual missle to missle and on the out macho games go. If M. korea is ever going to become a part of world community there has to be some recognition allowed their nation to be seen as more than a dirt poor, good for nothing more than a war waking nation of backwards people. Yes I fear the way the whole History of N. Korea has been war aginst it is all ht can be.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:15 am | Reply
    • Ray

      I don't see how destroying a missile that has entered your aerospace is considered "flexing your muscle" or that the USA even needs to urge Japan. If someone entered your home, do you need someone to tell you that you should probably get that person out? It's common sense, isn't it? Japan's Constitution does allow self-defense of itself; what it forbids is self-defense of someone else. That would be like protecting your friend's home from an intruder. And this is something that USA has wanted changed, even though they helped write their Constitution.

      April 2, 2012 at 3:46 am | Reply
      • MONOPOLY OF POWER

        self-defense of itself–smfh douche

        April 3, 2012 at 2:57 am |
      • MONOPOLY OF POWER

        forbids is self-defense of someone else–double douche lmfaoo anthropomorphism...

        April 3, 2012 at 3:01 am |
    • bspurloc

      never mind north korea said it wouldnt be launched over Japans air space so this whole topic is pointless....

      April 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  60. David

    Stop supporting American imperialism.

    America can do better than capitalism

    April 2, 2012 at 2:15 am | Reply
    • Bill Kirby

      Tell us, David, oh omniscient one. What is better than capitalism?

      April 2, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
      • ಠ_ರೃ

        Most anything is better than American capitalism

        April 2, 2012 at 9:52 am |
      • sam

        Ask the ROMANS,The Greeks,And the BABYLONIANS,And The GERMANS

        April 2, 2012 at 10:39 am |
      • Greg

        We do not have Capitalism as it is implied in any sense of its definition. We have some of capitalisms charactersitics combined with greed and a twisted exploitation of freedom used in disregard for and hurting others for ones own gain.
        It's the same thing as a gun that is used for either self defense or to acquire food. It's a little different when you take the same tool and improperly use it to rob or kill someone isn't it?
        Defenders of what they claim is captialism are in fact not defending capitalism as it was ever intended.

        April 2, 2012 at 11:38 am |
      • Stacker

        Greed is killing the American Capitalistic system which ironically is what built it up will also destroy it. Of course I'll take it long before Communism but that's not what you compare it to.

        April 3, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • OregonTom

      You sound like a communist.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
    • Joe

      Yes, you're right David. Instead of our current plan of action, we should support North Korea and assist them in developing long range missiles and nuclear technology. That way they have the ability to provoke a global thermonuclear war, and they have a means through which to attack the United States or it's allies. Then, we can expedite the increasing of the potential for a third world war.

      That sounds f***ing brilliant

      April 2, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
    • Dale Maxwell

      YES! How about a Totalitarian regime (Stalin) or Militay nationalism (Hitler) or fascism (Musalini) or a Theocratic (Irans Immams) Fu@#in bonehead!

      April 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply

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