North Korea Fires 7 Ballistic Missiles, Not ICBM
UPDATE Sunday July 5th: Professional missileologists have now had time to study the data from yesterday’s missile launches by North Korea and have concluded that it is very likely that of the 7 missiles fired, 5 were of the short range SCUD variety but 2 were of the medium range Rodong missiles that have enough range to hit most of Japan. Furthermore, it appears that the missiles all hit in about the same spot in the Sea of Japan which would indicate that the NORKS have improved their guidance systems. Here is the story link:
Preparations for firing their long range Taepodong ICBM ceased earlier in the week indicating that the North Koreans were not ready to test fire their largest missile. However, just to let us know they were still thinking of us, they fired off a series of 7 lesser missiles early today, July 4th, American Independence Day.
The NORKS fired a salvo of 3 Scud like missiles in the morning, another one about noon, and a final salvo of 3 Scuds in the evening. The missiles went about 250 miles and fell in the Sea of Japan (which makes the Japanese feel special).
It should be noted that even these short range Scud like missiles go against a UN Resolution. Do you see how effective UN resolutions are? Sanctions and talks really scare people like the NORKS.
On Thursday the North Koreans tested 4 cruise missiled. That launch was apparently not against any UN resolution.
In 2006 the North Koreans tested a Taepodong 2 missile on July 4th but the missile fell apart shortly after launch in an embarrassing display of a lack of ability. Probably the Koreans did not want a repeat of that dismal show today and withheld their ICBM until they are more certain of their capabilities.
The South Koreans and the Japanese had better up-gun in their natinal arsenals by adding their own ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, anti-missile systems and in Japan’s place, even nukes. The Japanese have gotta know that the NORKS and the Chicoms and the Russkies all three have hated them for over a hundred years.
Here are the links to the story: