North Korea Prepares To Launch Long-Range Missile
Posted by Admin on June 17, 2006
North Korea Prepares to Launch Missile
UPDATED: 10:30 AM – Sunday, June 18, 2006
UPDATE – 10:15am: It seems there will be no missile launch today in North Korea — reports from the AP mention weather having a lot to do with the ability to perform the tests. Satellite reportedly shows clouds over that part of the world right now indicating a possibility of unfavorable weather conditions.
Statements from North Korea –
North Korea To Boost Its 'MIlitary Deterrent' – AP via WRAL.com – North Carolina, US – June 18, 2006 – 11:07 AM (EST)
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea vowed Sunday to increase its "military deterrent" to cope with what it called U.S. attempts to provoke war, amid signs the country was preparing to test a long-range missile that could reach the continental United States.
Meanwhile, Japan said it would file a "fierce" protest and seek an immediate U.N. Security Council meeting if the North test-fires what is believed to be a Taepodong-2 missile.
There was no mention of a missile in a report from North Korea's official media on a national meeting marking the anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il starting work in the country's communist party.
Hurry up and wait. — North Korea's missile launch unlikely on Sunday: report – NationMultimedia.com World News – June 18, 2006
TOKYO – North Korea is unlikely to test-fire a long-range missile on Sunday despite reports that a launch is imminent, Jiji Press news agency said, quoting senior officials of Japan's Defence Agency.
"There won't be a launch today," one was quoted as saying without elaborating.
Defence Agency chief Fukushiro Nukaga separately said the agency had not observed" any particular change" which would indicate an impending launch, Jiji reported.
Original Post —
As I write this North Korea is readying a launch pad for a missile that theoretically could reach the Western shore of the United States. According to an early news source translation citizens have been ordered to put up flags at 1 AM EST and to listen to a special government communique at that time.
Here are the early stories hitting the wire. I will update this as more information becomes available:
Article from North Korea:
KPA Air Force Command Warns against U.S. Ceaseless Military Provocations – Korean Central News Agency of DPRK – June 16, 2006
Free Republic Live Thread: Breaking: N Koreans Ordered To Raise Their Flag At 2PM (1 AM EDT), and Listen to Broadcast
Previous FR Thread with more info: N. Korea Completes ICBM Missile Launch Preparations ( Fueling Complete; On the Launch Pad) Japan-TV
(Newer Articles Added at the top)
- No signs of N. Korea Missile Test – AP via The Star Tribune – MN, US – June 18, 2006 – 10:14am
Japan warns N Korea on possible missile test – Reuters AlertNet – June 18, 2006 13:06:39 GMT
Japan watching N. Korea for missile development – NHK Online – June 18, 2006
N. Korea prepares for missile launch – NHK Online – June 18, 2006
- Japan to seek UNSC meeting if N Korea fires missile – The Hindu News – India – June 18, 2006
- Reports: North Korea tells citizens to expect message amid signs of missile launch – AP via The Star Online – June 18, 2006
- N Koreans directed to raise flag, await message – AFP via DNA News – India – June 18, 2006
Japan Unlikely to Use Force If N. Korea Missile Lands, Aso Says – Bloomberg News – June 18, 2006
Prepare for launch? North Koreans asked to raise flags – The Sydney Morning Herald – June 18, 2006
Pyongyang may fire missile on Sunday – Yonhap News – Korean News – June 17, 2006
North Korea Readying MIssile Test That Could Reach US – Axcess News – Hong Kong – June 17, 2006
U.S. Warns North Korea Missile Test Would be 'Provocative' – Bloomberg News – June 17, 2006
North Korea Readies Missile Launch Pad: Reports – Reuters via Yahoo! News – Seoul – June 17, 2006
U.S., Japan Urge North Korea to Not Test-Fire Missile – FOX News – June 17, 2006
NK Warned Over 'Provocative' Test: Pyongyang asks nation to raise flag, watch TV on Sunday – CNN News – June 17, 2006
Japan and US Warn N Korea on test – BBC News – June 17, 2006
Editorial: Preparation for NK Missile Test: Reckless Blackmail Should be Stopped – The Korea Times – June 17, 2006
North Korea denies it's about to test missile – AP via Yahoo! News – June 17, 2006
Venezeula's Chavez to visit North Korea, Iran – The Intelligence Summit – June 13, 2006
Photos from a National Guardsman from a trip to North Korea – Thanks to Freeper 'prisoner6'.
- Map Showing Satellite Images – Pyongyang
Other Related Information of Interest:
- No-dong – North Korean Special Weapons Facilities – FAS.org
- The Missile: Taep'o-dong 1 (TD-2) from GlobalSecurity.org
Appeasing North Korea: the Clinton Legacy – Front Page Magazine – January 3, 2003
US tests ship-based defense system against short-range missile – AFP via Breitbart.com – May 24, 2006
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