N. Korea missile aimed at area off Hawaii - report
TOKYO (Reuters) - A North Korean missile launched on Wednesday was aimed at an area of the ocean close to Hawaii, a Japanese newspaper reported on Friday.
Experts estimated the Taepodong-2 ballistic missile to have a range of up to 6,000 km, putting Alaska within its reach. Wednesday's launch apparently failed shortly after take-off and the missile landed in the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan, a few hundred kilometres from the launch pad.
But data from U.S. and Japanese Aegis radar-equipped destroyers and surveillance aircraft on the missile's angle of take-off and altitude indicated that it was heading for waters near Hawaii, the Sankei Shimbun reported, citing multiple sources in the United States and Japan.
North Korea may have targeted Hawaii to show the United States that it was capable of landing a missile there, or because it is home to the headquarters of the U.S. Pacific fleet, the paper said.
An alternative explanation might be that a missile could accidentally hit land if fired towards Alaska, the report said.
A separate report in the Mainichi Shimbun daily cited U.S. and Japanese government officials as saying a piece of the Taepodong-2 missile fell off immediately after take-off, strengthening the view that the launch was a failure.
Was watching a commentator on TV state that the N. Koreans were basically using 1940s technology... while that gives me some assurance that the missile defense system provides some protection (since they're decades away from MIRV technology which could overwhelm such a system), it's still a scary prospect that a nutcase like Kim Jong Il has any technology that can have such a range.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering, here's a summary of the reaction of the Moonbats:
- The DUers think it's all just a bunch of propaganda (Still early, though...)
- DailyKos is covering the MOST IMPORTANT POLITICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR: the ned lamont / joe lieberman debate.
- Firedoglake has not one, but six posts about the Lieberman/Lamont situation.
- Atrios "Lord of the Open Thread" Eschaton has couple of posts on Lieberman/Lamont in between a variety of open threads (of course)
- TruthOut is still trying to get to the bottom of why Fitzy's not publicly announcing that Rove's already indicted
etc, etc, etc
The only encouraging thing that I saw was this comment from a DUer, no less. I have to give them credit when they make such an effort.)
Pavulon (1000+ posts)
Thu Jul-06-06 10:44 PM
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6. IF this is true that is an act
that would have triggered a nuclear launch in 1970. Firing ballistic missiles at other nations is not acceptable, negotiations, bush or not.
Kim is playing with the lives of millions in his country. If it had reached its apogee and started to drop onto hawaii what do you think the ballistic missile fleet would be ordered to do?
The us could have assumed it was armed and fired back.
ARC: St Wendeler