Friday, May 19, 2006

Korea attacks!!

No, really, no. This has got to be a politically planted piece. Check out the headline, then read through the rest.
N.Korea may be preparing missile launch: reports

North Korea may be preparing to launch a long-range ballistic missile that could reach parts of the United States, Japanese media reports said on Friday, but Japan's government said it did not believe a launch was imminent.

Quoting unidentified South Korean government officials, public broadcaster NHK said satellite pictures showed there have been signs since early this month around a site in northeastern North Korea that pointed to a possible firing in the near future.

Analysts have said, though, that development of a multiple-stage version of a ballistic missile that can take payloads deep into the continental United States is years away.

Japan's top government spokesman, Shinzo Abe, said he could not comment on specific security issues, but added, "At the moment, we do not believe that a launch is imminent."

Asked by reporters if the situation posed a threat to Japan's national security, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said: "Japan maintains its security through deterrence under the Japan-U.S. security alliance and I believe North Korea knows that."

He added that he did not believe the situation was serious.

The latest reports come amid a deadlock in six-party talks aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear programs, and ahead of a visit to China next week by the chief U.S. negotiator to the talks that involve the two Koreas, the United States, Japan, Russia and host China....


Anonymous said...

So, why is it then that threath to the U.S is precieved to come from Iran, which has no nuclear wepon of any kind, and even if it did couldn't deliver it? Could the answer be then that American leadership considers threaths to Israel being more of a buring issue than the more realistic threat to the U.S. by North Korea? Help me here, I am confused!

troutsky said...

What would N Korea hope to gain? They have made no demands.

Anonymous said...

Troutsky, I am just putting these pieces in order. In a lunatic dream of the great leader, in the D.C., neither of these countries could present a real danger but theoretically, I guess, N.Korea could at least be in a realm of possibility. Now, Iran in another hand...?? My confusion continues.

helmut said...

N Korea views itself as under threat. That's the basic reality, and the Bush administration has done little to disabuse them of that idea, except, perhaps, the possibility of calling the Korean War officially over.

Iran, however, as Iraq, is about resources. "Stability" is meaningless unless you plug in resources. Why not invade, say, the Ivory Coast or Sudan or Myanmar, if Iraq was invaded in the name of democratization and stabilization?

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