FireWorks!**Pyongyang expected to test ICBM

Reply Fri 3 Jul, 2009 01:00 pm
NorthKorea expected to shoot Inter Continental Ballistic Missile towards Hawaii.

From Bill Gertz of The Washington Times:

"U.S. missile defenses are prepared to try to knock down the last stage of a Taepodong-2 missile that North Korea is expected soon to launch if sensors detect the weapon threatens U.S. territory, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command told The Washington Times.

"The nation has a very, very credible ballistic-missile defense capability. Our ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California, I'm very comfortable, give me a capability that if we really are threatened by a long-range ICBM that I've got high confidence that I could interdict that flight before it caused huge damage to any U.S. territory," said Air Force Gen. Victor E. "Gene" Renuart, Northcom commander. "

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Reply Fri 3 Jul, 2009 03:41 pm
Seems to me a good idea to shoot it down if it comes within some stipulated distance of American soil, and I am sure that is what is true. No one serious think we should let them fire a missile at us without consequences, I hope. (But you never know).
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Reply Fri 3 Jul, 2009 06:14 pm
the article says that a country is going to test fire a missile (no mention of nuclear warheads or even capability) and it should be falling harmlessly into the ocean, but should there be any chance that it will hit a populated area the army says they can explode it midair first and avoid any trouble caused by accident. i am disappointed in the washington post for printing an article about nothing.

or did i miss something?
Didymos Thomas
Reply Fri 3 Jul, 2009 10:50 pm
Continuing escalation of tension between the US and North Korea.

NK currently holds two American journalists, and has sentenced them to several years in labor camps. NK has been making various threats on SK and Japan; the rhetoric becoming increasingly malicious.
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