Thursday, July 06, 2006

Kim Gunning For Hawaii?

The "Ted Turner Approach" to North Korea has led us to this point. Diplomacy will always fail with irrational despots like Kim. Kim will continue to ratchet up his military pyrotechnics until his missiles are capable of reaching the US with regularity. When (if) that happens, negotiations will be tilted so heavily in Kim's favor that nothing could stop him from taking South Korea or even Japan.

Kim needs to be deterred, and as soon as possible.

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.


Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

They had better stop ole Kimmy in his tracks...because an I told u so ...well suffice it to say....not ready for the END of the world as we know it jus yet!

July 07, 2006  

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