N. Korea launches rocket—South defense ministry



In this image made from KRT video, and made available for the first time Tuesday April 7, 2009, showing the launch of a missile in Musudan-ri, North Korea on Sunday, April 5, 2009. North Korea may have rushed its rocket launch in an effort to beat rival South Korea into space and suffered a technical failure, a security analyst said Tuesday. North Korea launched Sunday what it claims was a satellite that successfully entered orbit around the earth, defying international warnings that the move would violate U.N. resolutions and invite further censure.(AP/KRT TV) ** NORTH KOREA OUT – TV OUT **

SEOUL — North Korea carried out Wednesday a widely criticized rocket launch, seen by many in the international community as a disguised ballistic missile test, the South Korean defense ministry said.

“It (the rocket) has been launched,” a ministry spokesman told AFP without elaborating further.

There was no immediate report on the success of the launch, which Pyongyang insists is a scientific mission aimed at putting a satellite in orbit.

The Yonhap news agency, citing a government source, said the rocket had been launched from the Sohae satellite launch centre at 9:51 am (0051 GMT).

The launch followed reports in the South Korean media and satellite imagery analysis by US experts that suggested the rocket had been removed from the launch pad to repair an apparent technical problem.

North Korea had originally provided a December 10-22 launch window, but extended that by a week on Monday when a “technical deficiency” was discovered in the first-stage control engine.

North Korea last attempted to launch its three-stage Unha-3 carrier in April, but the rocket exploded shortly after take-off.

A successful launch this time would mark a major advance in the North’s bid to mate an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability with its nuclear weapons programme.

Washington and its allies insist the launch is a disguised ballistic missile test that violates UN resolutions triggered by Pyongyang’s two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

In 2006 the Security Council imposed an embargo on arms and material for ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. It also banned exports of luxury goods and named individuals and companies to be subject to a global assets freeze and travel ban.

In 2009, it imposed a ban on North Korea’s weapons exports and ordered all countries to search suspect shipments.

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  • KonsensyaNgBayan

    The second stage is now on its way to the east Philippine sea area of responsibility Pacific Ocean…United Nation should fully imposed sanctions and discipline to this rogue and insecured nation…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDLJBVQKYUSWJAK6ICQITGFTUU Toni

      It is the third stage – the final rocket and satellite debris to hit the Phil sea.

    • tarikan

      Impose sanctions? Eh panay nga padala ng pagkain ng mga Kano, South Korea & Japan. Sino ang busog, cla Kim and the millions of other Kims in the military. When shooting war comes they are healthy courtesy of their enemy. 

  • Fulpol

    the rocket can reach Beijing…. 

    the secret weapon of Pilipinos against China..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

      It’s an ICBM that can reach even the U.S. which most likely is NoKor’s intent..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDLJBVQKYUSWJAK6ICQITGFTUU Toni

      I don’t get it – Nokor and China are allies.

    • tarikan

      Fulps, until now you don’t talk sense!!! Two sentences laang yan hindi mo pa maayos-ayos? Take a walk!

  • $18209031

    Ang galing ng N Korea. Dapat ipadivert yan patungong Osaka and Sendai Prefectures. Let these Japos have it courtesy of China’s friend, NKorea.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BJDHYTRF4O2EQF26RPUNC5NPUY Riza

      You have absolutely no concept of what North Korea is like do you???

  • tarikan

    For the life of me…I could not understand why the west including SoKor & Japan are supplying the NoKor of food. Let them starve to death for crying out loud. They give you problems why feed them? Susmaryosep porsanto pormamadelakama!!! Mga buso ang NoKor at walang problema sa paghahanap ng pagkain therefore they can attend to their nuclear ambition. Sino ba mga tanga dito, ha? 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDLJBVQKYUSWJAK6ICQITGFTUU Toni

      Humanitarian reasons – as simple as that. The government is different from the people.

      • calipso_2100

        The gov is diff from the ppl. True, but that gives the gov. more money to finance it’s military rather than for food/services for its people.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDLJBVQKYUSWJAK6ICQITGFTUU Toni

        Politics… With the rockets, nokor will have more bargaining chips on their table… and can demand more in return.

      • tarikan

        Humanitarian my A**. You feed NoKor for humanitarian reasons and the same people want you dead? When their dear/lamented leader gets as much as a flu these people cry like crazy. You think they ever think of who gives them food? The same people who are the base for their vast die-hard army. You feed these people to become healthy to fight against you? I think TANGA is just appropriate for those food givers.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDLJBVQKYUSWJAK6ICQITGFTUU Toni

        Another reason is politics … keep your friends close and your enemies closer… main reason why we get peanuts compared to what nokor gets from the USA.

      • tarikan

        Therefore it’d be helpful to be nasty with the U.S. once in a while or even most of the time in my opinion. Like Japan, they helped them Japs more than they helped us after WW2 in fact they gave us parity rights (kuno). Like Vietnam, they lost close to 40,000 lives there but look they pulled out their companies out of PH and moved there. Like China, the U.S. complain every thing under the sun on China’s actuation but almost all their multi-nationals are there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1619887578 James P Mulroy

       For years the Philippine Government took most of the money the USA gave them but the USA never stoped giving.. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDLJBVQKYUSWJAK6ICQITGFTUU Toni

        By Phil govt you mean the the so called leaders took most of the money, right? Also when the USA ‘donates’ money, there are pre-conditions to the release of the money. These conditions are always, and I mean always, beneficial to the USA. At the end, the USA got more in return compared to what they gave. That is why they continue to give because the corruption is benefitting them. And do they care about the corruption? As long as they are reaping the benefits, nah!

    • kimo211

      kabayan  action  nila  yan,,,hindi  na  natin  problema  yan,,,,ang  problema  natin  ay  papaano  ang  paghahandang  gagawin  nang  mga  politician nang  pinas  para  sa  magsanib  na  pwersa  nang koreano  at  tsengwa….medyo  hindi  na  biro  ang  mga  missile  na  yan,,,,,,

  • Pablo Juan

    If parts of the rocket fall within our EEZ, dont you think our military should attempt to get them?

  • delpillar

    Thank you very much China for giving full-support to your puppet country.

    Without your support, there is no way that NK will violate “UN Security Council Resolution # 1718  and # 1874″

  • $18209031

    North Korea is a buffer zone or else US troops will be near the Yalu River basin again.  IT will be dejavu time , the winter of 1950 when the American Marines were at the farthest edge of their  battle area. Then came the Chinese Red Army by Chairman Mao . They virtually pushed back them to Hungnam on Korea’s east coast. It was America’s Dunkirk  of its kind. 100000 troops had to moved out to safety down south.  Most American Korean vets dont even want to talk about it as it was very humiliating, instead of advancing they suddenly begun to retreat, courtesy of the Chinese PVA .

    • tarikan

      I think it was courtesy of Pres. Truman. He virtually tied Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s hands in pursuing the NoKors including the Chinese. Remember the general said “there’s no substitute for victory” but Pres. Truman would have none of that. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Psy will stop the missiles!

  • delpillar

    Many of the components from that are junk and second-hand equipments and part from AKIHABARA Japan, sent to NK via China, by the Chinese TROJANS in Japan. Most spcifically the GYROSCOPES.

    The rests of the parts came from China and Pakistan and Syria, in exchange of high-grade maryjane and shabu perfectly made by NK.

    Some of the parts, though patiently tranship, are done by Chinese and NK Trojans driving from Tokyo to Niigata City in time for the annual/semi-annual docking of the MANG-YONG-BONG NK Ship in the port of Niigata City, Niigata Japan

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OPBZFICBMZUCRUW2KP4QN6QUDY carlo

    so anu ngaun ang gagawin
    ng mga superpowers???

    • delpillar

      The USA will now dissolve the limitation emposed by the USA (since Pres Eisenhower) that all missiles, torpedoes made by South Korea should only have range of up to 300-km. That will be extended 800 or 1,000-km radius I think.

      When ballistic missile is perfected by North Korea, the next project will be miniaturization of nuclear bomb into a small foot-print onto the small pointed-tipped warhead.

      Once the miniaturization of NK, started, Japan will be obliged to make their own nuclear bombed tipped on ballistic missile too.

      Once Japan started its nuclear program, South-Korea will not allow to a nuclear-armed Japan while SK has none. So SOuth Korea will miniaturize nuclear missile too.

      Once the 300-km (200-km) range limitation for South Korea and Japan lifted, both SK and JPN will make cruise missile tipped with nuclear warheads.

      Then, TAIWAN will be forced to make nuclear warheads too, once Japan, NK, SK have them.

      Finally, the solution to be made by Japan and SK (and probably TAIWAN) is MAD (or Mutually-Assured Destruction) similar to the one initiated by the USA since 1959…. building TRIAD. SK, Japan will be forced to make TRIAD of delivery of nuclear warheads, that is from Silos, Bomber Aircraft and Strategic Submarine.

      Actually, China did MAD also that is why the USA is reluctant to make war with China.
      China has, officially as reported to have 200 to 400 nuclear war heads. But one Pentagon officials already hinted that China has over 1,500 warheads. Some missile have multiple warheads that can be programmed to hit different locations once in the descending stage already.

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  • kimo211

    ano  naman ang  action  ng  pinas  government (politician),,,  medyo  totohanan na itong  action  ng  mga  koreano,,,,hindi  po  nakukuha   sa  paramihan  at  daloy  ng  laway ,,,action  po  nang  isang  may  ibubuga na  bansa  ang  kailangan dito….. oh  kaya   ay  palagi  na  lang  nating  panoodin  ang  mga  nagsasalimbayan  na mga   misille  nang mga  koreano  at  tsengwa   sa  himpapawid  nang  pinas,,,,,

  • kimo211

    pwede  namang  bumili  nang  mga  patriots missile  ang  pinas,,,para  may  defensa  naman  tayo  sa  mga  koreano  at  tsengwa…..yong  mga  pork  barrel  ng  mga  congressperson ay  bawasan  lang  nang  10%  para  pangbili  patriots  missile,,medyo  bawasan  nang  kaunti  ang  pagshopping  nang  mga  ladies  nila   at casino  high  rollers  sa  strip  nang  loss vegas,!!!!!

  • joboni96

    congrats nokor

    ang galing ng subterfuge niyo

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