• Minuteman III,  North Korea

    United States Air Force Launches Minuteman III ICBM from Vandenberg Air Force Base – Sends Message to North Korea

    USAF Minuteman III Missile Launch Video – Skip ahead to around 2 minutes into the video

    In a test launch of America’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile capability, the United States and the Obama Administrations send a nuclear warning to North Korea.

    The Air Force has successfully launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from the California coast to an area in the Pacific Ocean some 4,200 miles away.

    Lt. Raymond Geoffroy says the ICBM was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:01 a.m. Monday and carried three unarmed re-entry vehicles to their targets near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

    The missile, configured with a National Nuclear Security Administration Test Assembly, was launched under the direction of the 576th Flight Test Squadron.

    The Air Force says the launch was an operational test to check the weapon system’s reliability and accuracy, and the data will be used by United States Strategic Command planners and Department of Energy laboratories.

    I am positive the test was planned far ahead of the sabre-rattling from North Korea.


    By the way, the Minuteman III, an offensive, first strike capable ICBM is equipped with multiple nuclear warheads.

    Here is a diagram on how the missile works:

    Minuteman III

    Minuteman-III MIRV launch sequence:

    1. The missile launches out of its silo by firing its 1st stage boost motor (A).
    2. About 60 seconds after launch, the 1st stage drops off and the 2nd stage motor (B) ignites. The missile shroud is ejected.
    3. About 120 seconds after launch, the 3rd stage motor (C) ignites and separates from the 2nd stage.
    4. About 180 seconds after launch, 3rd stage thrust terminates and the Post-Boost Vehicle (D) separates from the rocket.
    5. The Post-Boost Vehicle maneuvers itself and prepares for re-entry vehicle (RV) deployment.
    6. The RVs, as well as decoys and chaff, are deployed during backaway.
    7. The RVs and chaff re-enter the atmosphere at high speeds and are armed in flight.
    8. The nuclear warheads detonate, either as air bursts or ground bursts.

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  • Barack Obama,  North Korea

    North Korea Vows to Increase Nuclear Arsenal and Warns of Nuclear Retaliation

    anti north korea protests

    Anti-North Korea protesters burn North Korean flags and mock North Korean missiles at a rally to denounce its nuclear test, in Seoul June 25, 2009, on the 59th anniversary of the 1950-53 Korean War. US President Barack Obama on Wednesday renewed sanctions against North Korea, declaring that its nuclear program posed a national security risk to the United States and a danger to the Korean Peninsula

    More bellicose statements from North Korea today.

    North Korea vowed Thursday to enlarge its atomic arsenal and warned of a “fire shower of nuclear retaliation” in the event of a U.S. attack, as the regime marked the 1950 outbreak of the Korean War.

    The anniversary came as the U.S. Navy followed a North Korean ship suspected of carrying weapons in violation of a U.N. resolution punishing Pyongyang’s May 25 nuclear test, and as anticipation mounted that the North might test-fire short- or mid-range missiles in the coming days.

    President Barack Obama extended U.S. economic sanctions against North Korea for another year Wednesday, saying the North’s possession of “weapons-usable fissile material” and its proliferation risk “continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat” to the United States, according to the White House Web site.

    According to the 2008 document outlining the restrictions, “all property and interests in property of North Korea or a North Korean national … were blocked.” The U.S. measures are on top of U.N. sanctions that bar member states from buying weapons from or selling them to North Korea. They also ban the sale of luxury goods to the isolated country and prohibit the provision of weapons-related technical training and financial transactions.

    State-run newspapers in Pyongyang ran lengthy editorials accusing the U.S. of invading the country in 1950 and of looking for an opportunity to attack again. The editorials said those actions justified North Korea’s development of atomic bombs to defend itself.

    The North “will never give up its nuclear deterrent … and will further strengthen it” as long as Washington remains hostile, Pyongyang’s main Rodong Sinmun newspaper said.

    In a separate commentary, the paper blasted a recent U.S. pledge to defend South Korea with its nuclear weapons, saying that amounted to “asking for the calamitous situation of having a fire shower of nuclear retaliation all over South Korea.”

    Historical evidence shows it was North Korea that started the Korean War by invading the South, but Pyongyang claims the U.S. was to blame. The totalitarian government apparently hopes to infuse North Koreans with fear of a fresh American attack to better control the hunger-stricken population.

    The U.S. fought alongside the South, leading U.N. forces, during the war. The conflict ended in 1953 with a truce, not a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula divided and in a state of war. The U.S. has 28,500 troops in South Korea to protect against renewed hostilities.

    The U.S. has repeatedly said it has no intention of attacking the North.

    Obviously , something is going to give, particularly if the United States attempts to enforce the United Nation’s sanctions.

    Will the Obama Administration push the issue or let Kim Jong-Il fire off his long-range missile on the 4th of July?

    Stay tuned……

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  • Barack Obama,  North Korea

    North Korea Threatens to Wipe United States Off the Map

    North Korean soldiers participate in the Pyongyang City People’s Rally, held to denounce the U.S – led U.N. punishment toward North Korea, at the Kim Il Sung Plaza in Pyongyang June 15, 2009

    Sounds like WAR talk to me.

    North Korea threatened Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington and its allies watched for signs the regime will launch a series of missiles in the coming days.

    Off China’s coast, a U.S. destroyer was tailing a North Korean ship suspected of transporting illicit weapons to Myanmar in what could be the first test of U.N. sanctions passed to punish the nation for an underground nuclear test last month.

    The Kang Nam left the North Korean port of Nampo a week ago with the USS John S. McCain close behind. The ship, accused of transporting banned goods in the past, is believed bound for Myanmar, according to South Korean and U.S. officials.

    The new U.N. Security Council resolution requires member states to seek permission to inspect suspicious cargo. North Korea has said it would consider interception a declaration of war and on Wednesday accused the U.S. of seeking to provoke another Korean War.

    “If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will … wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all,” the official Korean Central News Agency said.

    The warning came on the eve of the 59th anniversary of the start of the three-year Korean War, which ended in a truce in 1953, not a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula in state of war.

    Is the Obama Administration taking this treat seriously?

    Or do they want to continue talking to Russia and China in the United Nations?

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  • Barack Obama,  North Korea

    USS John McCain Set to Intercept Suspected North Korean Ship


    All things nuclear are coming to a boil with North Korea.

    The U.S. military is planning to intercept a flagged North Korean ship suspected of proliferating weapons material in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last Friday, FOX News has learned.

    The USS John McCain, a navy destroyer, will intercept the ship Kang Nam as soon as it leaves the vicinity off the coast of China, according to a senior U.S. defense official. The order to inderdict has not been given yet, but the ship is getting into position.

    The ship left a port in North Korea Wednesday and appears to be heading toward Singapore, according to a senior U.S. military source. The vessel, which the military has been tracking since its departure, could be carrying weaponry, missile parts or nuclear materials, a violation of U.N. Resolution 1874, which put sanctions in place against Pyongyang.

    North Korea could view any interdiction of their ships as an act of war. But, should President Obama order the enforcement of the United Nations resolution on nuclear proliferation would North Korea attack American troops in South Korea?

    Stay tuned…….

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  • Barack Obama,  North Korea,  Robert Gates

    War with North Korea on Independence Day?

    North Korea Hawaii

    A missile fired from North Korea would have to travel 4,500 miles before it reached the U.S. state of Hawaii

    Japan is warning the United States that North Korea will fire a long-range missile at Hawaii on the 4th of July.

    North Korea may launch a long-range ballistic missile towards Hawaii on American Independence Day, according to Japanese intelligence officials.

    The missile, believed to be a Taepodong-2 with a range of up to 4,000 miles, would be launched in early July from the Dongchang-ni site on the north-western coast of the secretive country.

    Intelligence analysts do not believe the device would be capable of hitting Hawaii’s main islands, which are 4,500 miles from North Korea.

    Details of the launch came from the Japan’s best-selling newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun.

    Both Japanese intelligence and U.S. reconnaissance satellites have collated information pointing to the launch, according to the report.

    So, will the United States rely on the national missile defense system to protect Hawaii (shoot down the missile) or will Obama order a pre-emptive strike before the Taepodong-2 leaves the launch site?

    Either way it will mean war with North Korea.

    In the meantime, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has ordered the deployment of additional “protections” for Hawaii – probably Aegis missile defense ships and THAAD, The Terminal Altitude Area Defense System.

    Gates told reporters at the Pentagon he has sent the military’s ground-based mobile missile system to Hawaii, and positioned a radar system nearby. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles in their last stage of flight.

    Joe Biden was correct. President Obama will be tested in his first six months in office by an international crisis and it looks like by North Korea. And, he really has only two choices and both lead to war.

    Or, Obama can back down and accept a North Korea with nuclear armed ICBMS.

    Stay tuned.

    north korea rocket

    A Unha-2 rocket (Taepadong-2), supposedly carrying an experimental communication satellite Kwangmyongsong-2, as it is launched from Hwadae-gun in North Korea on April 5

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  • Barack Obama,  Kim Jong-Il,  North Korea,  Robert Gates

    North Korea Prepares to Launch Long-Range Missile Towards Hawaii

    north korea rocket

    A Unha-2 rocket (Taepadong-2), supposedly carrying an experimental communication satellite Kwangmyongsong-2, as it is launched from Hwadae-gun in North Korea on April 5

    Kim Jong-Il will probably show up President Obama again on Independence Day. Anyone want to bet?

    North Korea may fire a long-range ballistic missile toward Hawaii in early July, a Japanese news report said Thursday, as Russia and China urged the regime to return to international disarmament talks on its rogue nuclear program.

    The missile, believed to be a Taepodong-2 with a range of up to 4,000 miles (6,500 kilometers), would be launched from North Korea’s Dongchang-ni site on the northwestern coast, said the Yomiuri daily, Japan’s top-selling newspaper. It cited an analysis by the Japanese Defense Ministry and intelligence gathered by U.S. reconnaissance satellites.

    The missile launch could come between July 4 and 8, the paper said.

    While the newspaper speculated the Taepodong-2 could fly over Japan and toward Hawaii, it said the missile would not be able to hit Hawaii’s main islands, which are about 4,500 miles (7,200 kilometers) from the Korean peninsula.

    So, what will be the latest “WEAK” response from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates?

    This time will the United States position Aegis anti-missile ships in the region to ACTUALLY intercept the Taepodong-2?

    Or will Obama allow Kim Jong-Il to have all of the 4th of July fireworks?

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  • Barack Obama,  Missile Defense,  North Korea

    Shocker: Pentagon Admits North Korean Nuclear Missiles Could Threaten United States


    Political cartoon by Michael Ramirez


    Not Really.

    The Pentagon’s second-in-command says North Korea’s missiles could threaten the continental United States if the reclusive rogue nation continues to develop its weapons.

    Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn agreed with an assessment by Sen. John McCain that the U.S. should be prepared for a “worst-case scenario” with North Korea.

    Pentagon officials also told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday that North Korea is working with other nations, including Iran and potentially Syria, to develop ballistic missiles.

    In the meantime, President Obama is spending money without regard on dubious economic stimulus projects, while cutting national missile defense.

    Repairs for rural bridges, an under-highway safe crossing for turtles and efforts to protect the sage grouse population are among 100 projects a Republican senator pointed to Monday as questionable federal stimulus spending.

    The list by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., includes projects others would identify as ideal for creating jobs and benefiting generations of Americans: skateboard parks, streetscapes, upgrades of park facilities, bike trails and parking garages.

    I don’t think the Congress will allow the cuts and the President will be held accountable for his folly.


    Shocker: North Korea Uses “NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL” – Will Use Nuclear Weapons in Merciless Offensive

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  • Barack Obama,  Hillary Clinton,  North Korea

    United Nations Failure: North Korea Threatens Nuclear War

    North Korea Warns of Nuclear War

    Undoubtedly due to President Obama’s “WEAK” foreign policy, North Korea is provoking the world with threats of a nuclear holocasut on the Korean Peninsula.

    North Korea’s communist regime has warned of a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula while vowing to step up its atomic bomb-making program in defiance of new U.N. sanctions.

    The North’s defiance presents a growing diplomatic headache for President Barack Obama as he prepares for talks Tuesday with his South Korean counterpart on the North’s missile and nuclear programs.

    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak told security-related ministers during an unscheduled meeting Sunday to “resolutely and squarely” cope with the North’s latest threat, his office said. Lee is to leave for the U.S. on Monday morning.

    A commentary Sunday in the North’s main state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, claimed the U.S. has 1,000 nuclear weapons in South Korea. Another commentary published Saturday in the state-run Tongil Sinbo weekly claimed the U.S. has been deploying a vast amount of nuclear weapons in South Korea and Japan.

    Whatever happened to the “PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH” foreign policy of Ronald Reagan?

    Appeasement though negotiation
    = the Obama Administration’s foreign policy.

    Obama and Hillary Clinton have failed.

    President Obama needs to get tough now or there WILL BE a NUCLEAR WAR with hundreds of thousands of dead South Koreans and Japanese.

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  • Iran,  Missile Defense,  North Korea

    Shocker: North Korea and Iran Integrating Their Ballistic Missile Programs?

    michael ramirez april 2 2009

    The jury may still be out but there is evidence that the two countries – two members of the Axis of Evil are working together.

    Iran and North Korea are working together to develop ballistic missiles and have made significant progress, the head of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency said on Thursday.

    “It really is an international effort going on out there to develop ballistic missile capability between these countries,” Army Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly told a forum on Capitol Hill.

    Iran and North Korea each is at odds with much of the international community over their nuclear programs, and North Korea has tested an atomic bomb. Each has demonstrated a capability to launch missiles with more than one stage, critical to more advanced systems.

    They are sharing know-how on avionics, propulsion and materials, among other things, O’Reilly said.

    “We’ve seen it for years and it continues,” he said of such cooperation between North Korea and Iran, whose Shahab missiles are widely reported to be based on North Korean designs.

    Their ability to fire missiles with a stable ignition and launch a second stage represents “a significant step forward” for both of them, O’Reilly said.

    Asked which country was further ahead in missile development, he said it could be described as a “horse race” with no clear leader.

    Other experts said Iran had demonstrated greater expertise with test-firing of a solid-fuel rocket with a stated range of some 1,200 miles — enough to reach Israel, U.S. bases in the Gulf or southeastern Europe.

    Solid-propellant missiles offer many advantages over those with liquid fuel. They are easier to store, harder to detect and may be launched without a fueling process readily observable by spy satellites.

    Iran’s use of solid-fuel missiles demonstrated “a quantum leap in capabilities” over those shown by North Korea, Uzi Rubin, the former head of Israel’s Missile Defense Organization, told Reuters in an interview.

    “Basically, this is big-power league,” he said, adding that the jury was still out, as far he was concerned, on whether the two had integrated their ballistic missile programs.

    And, President Obama continues to want to cut the missle defense program?


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  • Barack Obama,  Bill Richardson,  Hillary Clinton,  North Korea

    Shocker: North Korea Uses “NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL” – Will Use Nuclear Weapons in Merciless Offensive


    Not such a shock is it?

    North Korea today said it would use nuclear weapons in a “merciless offensive” if provoked — its latest bellicose rhetoric apparently aimed at deterring any international punishment for its recent atomic test blast.

    The tensions emanating from Pyongyang are beginning to hit nascent business ties with the South: a Seoul-based fur manufacturer became the first South Korean company to announce Monday it was pulling out of an industrial complex in the North’s border town of Kaesong.

    The complex, which opened in 2004, is a key symbol of rapprochement between the two Koreas but the goodwill is evaporating quickly in the wake of North Korea’s nuclear test on May 25 and subsequent missile tests.

    Pyongyang raised tensions a notch by reviving its rhetoric in a commentary in the state-run Minju Joson newspaper today.

    “Our nuclear deterrent will be a strong defensive means…as well as a merciless offensive means to deal a just retaliatory strike to those who touch the country’s dignity and sovereignty even a bit,” said the commentary, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

    It appeared to be the first time that North Korea referred to its nuclear arsenal as “offensive” in nature. Pyongyang has long claimed that its nuclear weapons program is a deterrent and only for self-defense against what it calls US attempts to invade it.

    The tough talk came as South Korea and the US lead an effort at the UN Security Council to have the North punished for its nuclear test with tough sanctions.

    The Obama Administration has botched the North Korean situation while they fire off a nuclear test and various missiles, including an ICBM tht could potentially hit the United States.

    American “weakness” in foreign policy breeds aggression by foreign nations that have evil intent.

    President Bush at least had North Korea stymied and negotiating while dismantliung programs.

    Under Obama, North Korea has stepped up its missile program and re-initiated manufacture of nuclear weapons.

    The Obama foreign policy has been a collosal failure. And, what are they talking about now?

    Sending New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to North Korea to negotiate. WOW! Kim Jong-Il must be quaking in his boots.

    Get ready for another test of a Taepadong-2, ICBM missile at any time.

    north korea rocket

    A Unha-2 rocket (Taepadong-2), supposedly carrying an experimental communication satellite Kwangmyongsong-2, as it is launched from Hwadae-gun in North Korea on April 5.

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