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before we get to test out our new ICBM's?

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/07/05/korea.missile.us/index.html

U.S. says world united against N. Korean threat

U.S. says world united against N. Korean threat
Pyongyang tests 7 missiles; officials say more launches possible

Wednesday, July 5, 2006; Posted: 12:47 p.m. EDT (16:47 GMT)

Protesters in Seoul, South Korea, demonstrate against North Korean leader Kim Jong Il last week.
Taepodong-2: Range of 2,300 miles to more than 9,300 miles means the missile could potentially reach all mainland U.S. cities as well as European capitals.
Nodong: Range of about 620 miles puts Tokyo and most of Japan as potential targets.
Scud: Range of about 180 miles means the missile could threaten Seoul, South Korea.

Japan on Wednesday called for "swift, strong" U.N. action in response to North Korea's missile tests, while U.S. officials cited "unprecedented" international unity on the issue.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said countries around the world have expressed concern "about this provocation."

"Whatever [the North Koreans] thought they were doing, they have gotten a very strong reaction from the international community," Rice said.

After a morning meeting of the U.N. Security Council, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said, "No member defended what the North Koreans had done."

Japan's ambassador, Kenzo Oshima, said, "We hope the response from the council will be swift, strong and resolute."

While the ambassadors said the 15-member council would resume discussions Wednesday afternoon, U.S. and Australian officials warned North Korea may launch more missiles in the coming hours.

Meanwhile, Pyongyang said it was prepared to deal with any U.S. challenge to its security, hours after its test-firing of seven missiles ignited international concern. (Watch how missile tests shock the world -- 2:19)

An announcement on Pyongyang's Korean Central Broadcasting Station said North Korea's "strong war deterrent" had kept the country at peace and that it was prepared to respond to any moves by Washington, The Associated Press reported.

The broadcast did not mention the missile tests, but said, "Now, our military and people are fully prepared to cope with any provocation and challenge by U.S. imperialists," according to the AP. (Watch what North Korea's neighbors have to say about the tests -- 2:28)

North Korea fired seven missiles Wednesday, one long-range and five shorter-range missiles beginning shortly after 3:30 a.m. (2:30 p.m. Tuesday ET) and a seventh missile around 5:20 p.m. (4:20 a.m. ET) Wednesday.

White House spokesman Tony Snow said Wednesday that North Korea has additional missiles that could be launched in the next day.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer also said more launches could be coming, the AP reported.

"We think they probably do intend to launch more missiles in the next day or two," the AP quoted Downer as saying after he phoned North Korea's ambassador to protest the launches.

The missile causing the most concern, the Taepodong-2, which some analysts say is capable of hitting the Western United States, was fired in the morning. It failed after about 40 seconds and landed in the sea about 200 miles (321 kilometers) west of Japan, U.S. officials said.

The short-range missiles also all landed in the Sea of Japan.

U.S. national security adviser Stephen Hadley described the missile launches as "provocative behavior" but said they posted no immediate threat to the United States. (Watch experts discuss the North Korean threat -- 3:35)

President Bush met with Hadley, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Rice as the tests were going on, a senior administration official said. (Watch the White House react to Pyongyang's "provocative" act -- 1:17)

Hadley said Washington was sending Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill to consult with U.S. allies in Asia after the tests.

Hill has been the lead U.S. negotiator in six-party talks -- which include the two Koreas, Japan, China and Russia -- aimed at convincing North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

"It's really quite unprecedented the degree to which everybody lined up opposed to these launches, launches that took place despite words of warning from world leaders," Hill said Wednesday of the international reaction.

The United States and Japan had urged Pyongyang to stick with the moratorium on long-range missile tests it declared in 1999, after it fired a Taepodong-1 missile over Japan in 1998.

Washington and North Korea's neighbors have been trying to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear program since 2002.
 
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Meanwhile, Pyongyang said it was prepared to deal with any U.S. challenge to its security, hours after its test-firing of seven missiles ignited international concern.
The article I posted said officially it was 4 but that there were reports of 10. So now we're saying 7?

I guess all that matters is that they tested the damn thing, not how many times, but just another case of the media really being on top of things. [rolleyes]
 

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derek said:
before we get to test out our new ICBM's?
WHAT new ICBMs? The Trident IIs will be deployed until 2040. Why mess with what works? 6 warheads will ruin anyone's day... and when you consider that a Trident sub carries 24 missiles... Wonder if South Korea has ever thought of the advantages of being an island? [smile]

And considering they have a range of 6000 nautical miles, they could strike back from their base in Bangor, WA without ever having to put out to sea.



edited to correct service life of the Trident II - according to the Lockheed Martin website, they'll be operational until 2040.
 
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