U.S. official: North Korea likely deceived U.S., allies before launching rocket
This picture received from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 12, 2012 shows the rocket Unha-3, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, being monitored on a large screen at a satellite control center in North Korea.
December 27th, 2012
05:28 PM ET

U.S. official: North Korea likely deceived U.S., allies before launching rocket

By Barbara Starr

North Korea likely engaged in a deliberate campaign of deception before a December 12 long-range missile launch, catching the United States and its Asian allies "off guard," according to a U.S. official with direct knowledge of analysis of the incident conducted by U.S. military and intelligence agencies.

The official told CNN that American and Japanese military ships and missile defenses were fully operational and protecting land, sea and airspace on December 12, but that the launch was a surprise when it actually happened.

"We had our dukes up, operationally, but we were caught off guard," the official said.

"The clues point to a concerted effort to deceive us," the official said. The analysis was ordered in the wake of the launch to determine what exactly happened and how much the U.S. intelligence knew at the time.

The official said one conclusion was that while missile defenses can fully protect against a North Korean attack, the North Koreans have shown they can counter U.S. measures to gather intelligence about what they are up to.

"Look, they know when our satellites are passing overhead," the official said. It's believed the North Koreans essentially manipulated the launch so U.S. intelligence satellites simply would not be overhead and able to see what was happening.

The most likely scenario, the official said, was that North Korea wasn't telling the truth when it announced several days before the launch that there were technical problems with the missile.

According to the official, the intelligence analysis found that:

– The United States observed the North Koreans beginning to take apart the three-stage rocket and move parts of it away from the launch pad, then observed what were believed to be so-called replacement parts being moved in.

– In retrospect, those parts appear to have been from a second, older-generation long-range missile that were in storage. Those parts most likely were never used in the December 12 launch.

During this time, when the United States did not have total visibility of the launch site, it's believed the North Koreans either quickly reassembled the original rocket and fired it.

– It's also possible the U.S. miscalculated and the North Koreans never took it apart at all.

Earlier this week, South Korean defense officials warned that the latest North Korean missile had the capability to travel more than 6,000 miles, meaning this type of rocket could strike the United States. However, experts do not believe Pyongyang has a nuclear warhead small enough to fly on the kind of missile.

North Korean officials claimed that the rocket launch succeeded in putting a satellite in orbit.

CNN's Paula Hancocks and Greg Botelho contributed to this report.

soundoff (658 Responses)
  1. Law Practice Professionals

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    August 14, 2013 at 8:23 am | Reply
  2. kill em all

    why are we going to wait till they bomb us bomb em now so we dont get bombed later!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  3. Pappy_Randy

    Solution is two words, messy but effective - carpet bombing.

    January 24, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  4. Justin

    I always figured we were shooting down their rockets with the airforces "star wars" program... maybe I was right! :D

    January 3, 2013 at 5:20 am | Reply
  5. wjmccartan

    I still say we have to bring back Maxwell Smart and agent 99 to deal with these evil forces of Chaos.

    December 29, 2012 at 10:33 am | Reply
    • triglia

      Have to believe we are sending out mis-info of our own. We saw that lauch better then they did. NK is going to be a growing regional problem over time especially with ties to Iran.

      December 30, 2012 at 12:51 am | Reply
    • DISCUS

      I offer to go in as Agent 007. Totally agree with you!

      January 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  6. Layne

    Unless the U.S. government is pretending to be caught off guard. We probably listened to the North Korean telephone and radio traffic, read the encrypted North Korean dispatches, and watched the entire launch in real time with whatever technology is two steps beyond UAVs, plus the North Korean's own live feeds. I'd bet we had a better view and real-time telemetry than anyone in North Korea. But as long as we pretend we were caught off guard, the North Koreans won't update their security.

    December 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • NNN

      Heck why stop the fantasizing there? We should have taken over the in-flight missile guidance and flown it into the path of one our interceptors for a spectacular display of exploding fragments we could capture on video. Oh yeah, that's right, we can't show them our hand just yet...

      December 28, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Reply
      • Portland tony

        That would be an act of war! But, aside from the electronic monitoring of launch telemetry, the recovery of the launch vehicle 1st and 2nd stages and the inspection of these rockets down to the hand made welds, what other capabilities did the West lack?

        December 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • Nelly, PhD.

      No, you are wrong. You were caught off-guard. The "Koreans" are stronger, and more powerful than USA. The Koreans use South Korean businesses (hyundai, kia, samsung, satellites, ssangyong, ...) for spying. No illusion, the US needs to do more than dreaming about power.

      December 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  7. JakeF

    Right there people, is how to provide misdirection and misdirection to another country.

    If anyone actually believes we didn't have a satellite overhead or didn't know what Best Korea was up to, I have a bridge I would like to sell you.

    December 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  8. Charles

    You should have never moth balled all those SR-71's!? If NASA can keep three of them operational why can't the Air force do the same (3). or are some agencies still not on the same page?

    December 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Reply
    • mlg4035

      SR-71 – LOVE that bird!!

      December 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  9. gmenfan54

    You mean Wile E. Coyote lied to us?

    December 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  10. Yakobi

    To all the anti-American haters using their 1st Amendment right–paid for by lots of American blood, BTW–to bash this country, I say this: emigrate to North Korea if you think this country is so terrible.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • No Korea

      I think you mean to say American haters. I am an anti-American hater; I hate people that are anti-American. Or did you intend to say that just to see who would respond to such horrible use of the English language? If so, Bravo sir, I have fallen for your trap.

      December 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  11. SPF

    For what we pay in taxes for defense, I'd think they could afford a satellite over N Korea at all times.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      They could... however, a geostationary satellite would be at such a high orbit that its pictures would not produce anything useful.

      December 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • Eddie Haskell

      IIn order to do that, it would have to be in Geostationary orbit, and those orbit so high/far away (22,236 mi) it would be useless as a spy satellite. A drone or even a U2 might have better luck, but could be vulnerable to anti-air, and might be seen as breaking the truce...

      December 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  12. Bilbo

    pft...I figured this out and I'm not even involved...we cant be that dumb , can we?

    December 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  13. james

    It's time to tear down this wall, 50 years is long enough, lets leave these people alone.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      We are leaving them alone.. that’s kind of the point isn’t it?

      December 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • Counter idiots

      You are right we should leave these people alone and let them starve since we are the only reason that they are eating anything right now. Just in case you people didn't know they have created a cult population up there that believes that them eating tree bark and grass they are way better off then the rest of the world.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      "the wall" doesn't exist because we're pointing guns at them. It exists because they have tens of thousands of artillery pieces pointed at Seoul, South Korea.

      December 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
      • julnor

        And how is that our concern? South Korea has one of the largest economies in the world. They should be able to protect themselves from a sub-3rd world country. We've been there 60 years. Time to take our troops and go.

        December 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
      • FIip

        As if the U.S. does not care about China.

        December 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • andy

      Oh yeah genius, let's leave them alone so they starve. WE are the ones feeding them derpmeister.

      December 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  14. Holier than thou

    Seems like the US wants monopoly over deception as well. Why can't others do it, too? We call it psy-ops.

    If US has ICBM's or nukes, why can't NK, Iran, or anyone else? If WE do it, it's deterrence. Others? Evil.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
    • San Sebastián

      It's actually called counter-intelligence

      December 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
    • Bilbo

      cept I don't think our President has called for anyone to be wiped off the face of the earth...yet.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • usmcdog1971

      Hmmm, Iran wants wipe Israel off the map, let alone that the Holocaos never happened. That was said by the elected leader of Iran, and supported by the ruling religion, North Korea says some outlandish things that makes me say think that they shouldn't be allowed to touch weapons.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
      • usmcdog1971

        Iran wants wipe off Israel off the map and they deny the Holocaust happened.

        December 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
      • usmcdog1971

        Iran wants to wipe off Israel off the map and they deny the Holocaust happened.

        December 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Counter idiots

      That is because we use the missles as a deterrent against other countries with missles. Iran has said that if they do get nuclear weapons that they will give them to Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations that will use them. Do you not think with NK shelling SK islands and sinking their ships that they won't actually try to use a nuclear weapon against them? If you do then you really are as ignorant as the message you posted.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  15. Grae48

    How dare those fools deceive the shining beacon of light that provides justice to the world known as america. This made me very upset knowing how honest american politicians are, and how genuinely concerned they are with the well being of other peoples and nations. How dare they lie to america? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE !!! In response lets invade another country in another part of the world and SET THEM FREE of their oil and natural resources errr i mean terrorists yea!!

    December 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      /yawn

      December 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Yes, of course... that's what we're after... the vast oil supply of North Korea.

      December 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  16. Pathogen4

    The NK's will make sure and warn us when they launch their ICBM attack beforehand so we're ready to shoot it down. Then again maybe WE are pretending to be clueless and knew every move all along to lull them into a false sense of security.

    December 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  17. ProperVillain

    Has there ever been a time North Korea was honest with us? It's run by a family of delusional simpletons with a serious messiah complex. What do you expect? Rational honesty?

    December 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  18. Rick

    Right-winger: Obama's fault. Clinton's fault.

    Oh yes, absolutely. In addition to running the country or our embassies, the President and S.O.S. also have to man every U.S. satellite 24×7 and analyze every cam-shot. So if this was missed, it must've been *their* fault. (smh)

    Maybe they could take lessons from GWB who was clearly not at fault when a bunch of Saudis completed enough flying lessons to take-off, but never did pass that "landing" test.

    December 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • Liberal Mess

      So what you are saying is that the President should not be up to date with what is going on around the world. You do realize he has a TON of czars to keep him informed on this. SO YES HE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IT. and Yes he did FAIL.

      December 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
    • The Right Way

      You do realize if Clinton had taken action when he was told that Osama was a viable threat the towers would not have come down. But he was too busy making it so banks could get insurance on their loans. Hmmm, what is a major reason our economy is being crippled?

      December 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
      • KC

        And of course YOU realize that Clinton specifically told GWB to keep an eye on this "Osama Bin Laden" guy over here, and that went completely ignored? Remember, Bush 41 was ARMING bin Laden for war against Hussein in his administration – he didn't view him as a serious threat to US interests until much later on. I'd say Clinton did his duty as much as he could have in those days, abd GWB dropped a much bigger ball.

        December 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      In other words.. both righties and lefties are political sheep.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  19. Sean in Tokyo

    'It's also possible the U.S. miscalculated and the North Koreans never took it apart at all.'
    Seriously? So the big bad USA is upset it was duped. Bravo to NK!!!!!

    December 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • K from AZ

      Stay in Tokyo Sean.

      December 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  20. K from AZ

    WoW, you mean the geniuses Comrades Obama & Clinton were deceived? Who'da thunk!

    December 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • nuntukamen

      North Korea lied to us? This is a deliberate deception? The official believing them needs another job; when haven't they been lying?

      December 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
    • Grunk

      Let me know when Obama and Clinton spend trillions of dollars and over 4,000 American lives on faulty intelligence...then we'll talk.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  21. David

    Ya' think?!

    December 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  22. idoubt

    shhhhhh.

    Oversight Amendments to FISA Crumble in US Senate: Obama, Democrats Push to Make Bush Spying Laws Permanent

    Even modest attempts to reign in domestic spying law fail as Senators defend sweeping powers for NSA

    – Jon Queally, staff writer, common dreams, 12/28/12

    December 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • Rasheed

      The whole idea of FISA is flawed. Everyone knows the US government is spying on ALL Muslims, no exceptions. Whether FISA is there or not, they've been doing it and will continue to do so. Why it's ineffective, Muslims know what I wrote in the second sentence. They know they're being watched, and the US will watch them no matter how many times they say (even after) they've abrogated FISA and want to be friends to win Muslim "hearts and minds". The way George H.W. (did he kick the bucket yet?); George W., Rumsfeld, Schwartzkopf (he did, I heard); Rice; Cheney, etc., giggled when Iraqis/Muslims died shows their real intent. You cannot win the heart and mind of a person whose kids you've just killed!

      December 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
      • NoToMuslims

        All Muslims should be watched.

        Evil fuggers they are.

        December 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • Rasheed

        Bigot!

        December 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
      • irock

        bigotry against muslims? Now what right would we have to do that.

        December 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
      • JimboJones

        Muslims are the cess that the human race will drown in. The sooner we are rid of every single oppressive, racist, woman-abusing raghead, the better.

        December 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  23. idoubt

    why doesn't North Korea bow down to the US like Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Libya, and half the world has? they must be crazy!

    December 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • Rasheed

      The US doesn't care if NK bows or not. Everyone knows that NK is NO threat to the US. The government wants you to believe it is, and is pretending to be concerned about it. The US/West/Israel want to give you the FALSE impression that they're not anti-Muslim bigots by going after a non-Muslim country as well. Even Muslim countries are NO threat to the US, only slight threats to Israel. So the entire foreign policy of the US is shaped by Israel for its own purposes using hard-working American tax dollars. The US has become a servant of Israel, like it or not; believe it or not.

      December 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
      • Bostontola

        Muslim countries can pose a threat to the US, some can disrupt global energy markets and hence global economy. As long as that is true, they can pose a threat.

        December 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
      • K from AZ

        Sounds like you're a 'mooslim'!

        December 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
      • Rasheed

        K from AZ,

        Sounds like you're a JOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

        December 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
      • Be Serious

        Musim countries are not a threat to America? Arent there 2 buildings that used to be standing in New York that would beg to differ? Jus sayin'

        December 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
      • YoYoYO

        Then put one feets in fronts ob da udda and shuffles on back to Afreeka brotha ..

        We dont need you here – we have plenty of blacks who can mooch off the whites.

        December 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • The other side..

      Afghanistan hasn't bowed down, and never will.. As history cleary shows. Also, Iraq has demonstrated its independence as well.

      December 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  24. NNN

    As is typical of someone of your mentality, you and a bunch of others around here can't even comprehend a story written for the average American 5th grader. The analysis wasn't that they hid anything from our satellites, but that they manipulated the launch site at exactly the right times to be seen best by our satellites. A deception like that must be seen and not hidden. Get it? ? ?

    December 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • Bostontola

      That's true, but you can't pull off that kind of deception as easily if we have persistent surveillance.

      December 28, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
      • NNN

        Our adversaries like nothing better than jerking our chain to get us to invest billions into more and better technology they can eventually defeat too. Why bother nuking us when they can turn us into a bankrupt disintegrated wasteland.

        December 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  25. Bostontola

    This is a classic dog bites man story.

    Breaking news will be when the headline reads "NK Tells the Truth".

    December 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  26. Dubguy

    Sounds like we need a few more satellites!

    December 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  27. carl

    North Korea Deceives US! Elsewhere, scientists have now confirmed that milk contains calcium.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  28. les

    Oh my gosh. The bad guys can think and anticipate what we are doing and react accordingly. They are certainly part of an axis of evil. I only hope Obama knows that and reacts accordingly.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  29. Fdaniel gray

    Would you just post the one I have already written?

    December 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  30. TRUTH

    We need to do something about this! Les Write a really long angry letter, that'll teach them a lesson

    December 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  31. KWS

    Whoa! North Korea is misleading us?!?!? Lying? Who'd a thunk it?

    I'm sure glad we have such brilliant officials analyzing the situation.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  32. volsocal

    Or maybe it was more like, "Hey, shouldn't that be plugged in? Cool, evrything works now. Put the spare parts back in storage and let's shoot this thing!"

    December 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  33. Michael Brian Welch

    Apparently, throwing billions of dollars into our defense/intelligence budget is not working. Time for a new paradigm.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
    • Bostontola

      Yea, and we got OBL by pure luck, and all those drone strikes, pure luck.

      December 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  34. SFRich

    With so many grammar errors in this article, CNN's editors must be asleep.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • JC

      yeah, but it's good to know the internet grammar police are ever vigilant

      January 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  35. dfischer1231

    Check your grammar CNN. This article is riddled with typos.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  36. Amobius

    We had our guard up, but we were caught off guard??

    December 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  37. Richard

    You mean the North Koreans LIED? Oh my!! How could this happen???

    December 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  38. MAS

    Let's review. The last time they deceived the US was when Bill Clinton was in charge. Is it mere coincidence that Hillary Rodham (or is it Hillary Rodham Clinton, or Hillary Clinton?) is the Secretary of State when this occurs, again?

    December 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • Arthur Dent

      Yes.....or rather statistics – out of the last 20 years, only 8 of those would not have included either condition you have stated....

      December 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • James Jameson

      Haven't you guys crashed and burned through enough failed conspiracy theories? Why attempt to embarrass right-wing ideology once more?

      December 28, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • tom

      Let's review. USA and North Korea are adversaries. Adversaries deceive each other ALL THE TIME.

      That N. Korea is involved in deception, is no big surprise nor is it even newsworthy. Happens all the time. Even our "good buddy" Israel has spied on and deceived us before.

      Take your stupid conservative political rant somewhere else. Its not applicable nor needed here.

      December 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  39. gango

    The so-called experts in the U.S. who do analysis have always been a day late and a dollar short. Second graders could do a better job. No doubt these "experts" will be "shocked" when Iran detonates their first nuclear device. For the rest of us, it isn't even news.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  40. tuffyturf

    So if you put this story in the DOD B.S. Translator, here is what it says:

    North Korea, we hope you believe this story that our old antiquated satellites do not have complete coverage of your activities.. But do not pay attention to those new bright and shiny satellites we have up there, they are there just to track the movement of lost animals in the U.S.. So golly gee, you caught us offguard.. please believe that.. .because it wasn't like if that missile strayed 1 iota from its intended trajectory that we would have shot it down.. because we don't have that ability anyway.. Hugs and Kisses,

    U.S. Government

    December 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • Steve D

      Easily the best and probably most accurate analysis here.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • Glorifundel

      Bingo.

      Sun Tzu – "Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak."

      That is basic military strategy dating back as far as 221 BC.

      December 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • NNN

      As is typical of someone of your mentality, you and a bunch of others around here can't even comprehend a story written for the average American 5th grader. The analysis wasn't that they hid anything from our satellites, but that they manipulated the launch site at exactly the right times to be seen best by our satellites. A deception like that must be seen and not hidden. Get it? ? ?

      December 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
      • YouMissedThointDexter

        So, you take the 5th grade story as literal?

        wow.

        /Check please.

        December 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • chris

      well said!!!!!!!!

      December 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  41. ChiTownArt

    Wow, a military tactic of deception and misdirection? Never heard of such a thing. Those North Koreans are innovators!

    December 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  42. Mummy 23

    Oh brother! Let's impose another sanction....maybe they won't do it again....ya think?

    December 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  43. ecarlson

    Fortunately, the North Koreans only lie about things like launching peaceful satellites into space. If they ever get an actual missile with a nuclear warhead, I'm sure they'll tell us exactly when and at what target they will launch it. Based on our experience so far with missile defense, if they do this we have about a 50 percent chance of stopping it. That's what makes our missile defense system so great.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  44. Willie12345

    Our intelligence folks are too busy chasing women to become involved in this kind of stuff.

    December 28, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
  45. davetharave

    And who is surprised by this ?

    December 28, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
  46. Tez

    World War 3

    December 28, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
  47. OnTheRoad

    Can't happen! Our leaders are way way too (it's a joke son) smart to be deceived!!!!

    December 28, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • YouMissedThointDexter

      Do you really think the Armed Forces change with every administration?

      You are extremely dumb if this is the case.

      December 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
      • OnTheRoad

        Talk about dumb! How did you get that I thought that the armed forces changed with every administration????? I'll explain what I said in easier terms for you: Our leaders or so 'Stupid' that they can be deceived easily!!!! Never mentioned our armed forces!!!!

        December 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  48. Whombatt

    What?? A sworn enemy of most of the free world did not tell the truth about its impending missile launch? For shame! Whatever is this world coming to?

    As far as any real threat (or maybe even imaginary ones), NK is about as important to the security of the United States as a bump on a pickle. NK's only real use is to be used by the fear-mongers in jacking more money for our military-industrial complex and to help the Pentagon justify our continued presence on the Korean Peninsula.

    As others have mentioned, cut off ALL aid to this rogue nation and if its inhabitants all die of starvation and disease then its leaders will have no powder left in the horn nor pellets left in the pouch.

    The only alternative is to launch a preemptive invasion of North Korea, crush the military, kill all the political leaders and then occupy the place for the next 20 years. Does not that scenario sound a bit familiar?

    December 28, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
  49. Pro Death

    So you're telling me world leaders and politicians lie?

    December 28, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  50. Tom Bose

    It's nice to see that the technology that the Chinese stole from us and passed on the the north koreans works so well. It's also nice to see that they are so well off that we don't need to send them food aid anymore.

    December 28, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • FedUpwithLA

      You got it . . .

      December 28, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • engine version mismatch

      Might be true if it was not russian technology...

      December 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • tuffyturf

      Exactly! And you have nobody more to thank than UCLA.. Did you know that UCLA has barred any Californian's from entering the school, because they have to do so at a discount in state tuition, so they just barred them in favor of Asian's who they charge a kings ransom to attend. Then these Asian's major in Engineering or biological sciences, get educated and go back to their country and use what they learned against the United States. UCLA just officially changed its name:

      University China Lots Asians

      December 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
      • Arthur Dent

        You're an idiot.

        December 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
      • dennis

        he is not smart enough to qualify as an "IDIOT"

        December 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
      • Sean in Tokyo

        That's funny....and retarded at the same time

        December 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  51. Banana Juice

    I agree with Steve, America should not be concern with north korea. This north korea is of no consequence to us. Why do we provide assistance (food and medication) to these people when they wish us nothing good but destruction? These assistance is only redirected to the military, I know this and the UN and various assisting government is also aware of this fact. Stop all assistance to north korea. Has anyone noticed that the ruling party are all fat?

    December 28, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • erichanaway

      What assistance do we give to the North?

      December 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
      • USN1987

        are you being serious? or are you that stupid?

        December 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  52. Zimzalabim

    IAre you kidding me? Anyone who expects the North Koreans to play fair are naive. Since when does any enemy of the US play fair? Get real!

    December 28, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
  53. Merkman

    If the intel was wrong about the missile? Are we willing to bet our lives on the same intel that is certain the warhead will not fit on the missile?

    December 28, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • Lee Oates

      When did the US ever play fair or tell the truth.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  54. Peace

    Good post Steve. And deception is normal for Korea taking into account that US and "allies" suggested to shoot down the rocket.

    December 28, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
  55. Richard

    Let us know when they can launch 100 missiles capable of reaching the US. I think it amusing that we're concerned about their ability to launch just one.

    December 28, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • done-with-Obamas-lies

      Its that "one" you need to worry about, the all iconic "shot heard around the world". It just takes one to set a stage of unprecedented violence and carnage, leading to mass extinction of lives in a rapid movement known as nuclear holocaust

      December 28, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
  56. steve

    As an American I am never and would never be concerned about North Korea. Some countries do this and do that but if Korea goes over the line where it thinks or it tries to attack America we will take care of Business, if Korea scares you folks then you are "Weak" thanks for reading

    December 28, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • QuestioningSteve

      @Steve – why do you capitalize and place 'weak' in quotes? Also, business should not be capitalized. Also, 'thanks for reading' is a separate sentence.

      It's hard to take to your opinion seriously when it appears to have been written by an 8 year old.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
      • Carlos

        well, let's hope your spelling is as good as this post was all the time. It's a free country.......all comments should be heard (but never criticized for spelling)......criticize him now--but in a few years he will be the new standard for American thinking and guidance for the government.

        December 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • dennis

      like Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, you play to many phony video games!

      December 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
    • Sean in Tokyo

      Agreed sir Steve!

      December 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • dave

      You should be afraid of them, The north koreans have little to loose if there own were killed.

      December 28, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
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