Breaking: North Korea test- fires missile (Two missiles?) (CNN: Third missile — long-range — launched) (WH: Six Five missiles)

posted at 4:15 pm on July 4, 2006 by Allahpundit

Fireworks on the 4th.

Drudge has the siren up but a banner on CNN says it’s not the long-range jammy everyone’s been worried about. Stand by for details.

Thanks to Stop the ACLU for the the heads up.

Update: No wonder.

Update: CNN says there were two missiles, one of which is definitely short-range. ABC also says there were two. According to CBS, one of them landed in the Sea of Japan.

CNN thinks the second missile was also short-range. Fox says it, too, landed in the Sea of Japan. One of the experts on CNN thinks we may yet see the long-range missile launched before the day is out.

Update: Major provocation: CNN hears from the State Department that they’ve launched the third missile — the Taepodong ICBM, capable of reaching America. Apparently there was some mechanical problem and it failed in mid-air; no details yet. The UN Security Council may convene tonight.

Update: This BBC graphic illustrates the range of NK’s various missiles.

Update: CNN has the scoop:

The senior State Department official said the launches were timed to coincide with the launch of the space shuttle Discovery from Florida, calling it “a provocative act designed to get attention.”…

Two senior State Department officials said Tuesday that fuel trucks had departed the site where the Taepodong-2 sat on a launch paid, indicating that a test may have been near.

Update: Fox is hearing from U.S. intel officials that the NorKs “attempted” to fire the long-range missile and it failed. CNN says it got off the ground but then something went wrong. Now Fox is quoting the AP as saying four mid-range missiles were fired; it’s not clear yet whether that means CNN mistook a smaller missile for the Taepodong or whether four missiles in addition to the Taepodong were fired.

Update: Fox reports that the Taepodong failed 40 seconds after launch and that John Bolton is “urgently consulting” with UNSC members.

Update: According to the Pentagon via Fox, there were only three missiles: the two Scuds and the Taepodong. Tony Snow told ABC News the same thing.

Update: Barbara Starr on CNN notes that of the two shorter-range missiles, one landed closer to Japan and one closer to — Russia. The military isn’t sure how to read that yet, but they’re leaning towards assuming that even that shorter-range missiles aren’t landing where the NorKs want them to.

Update: CNN says the White House has detected no less than six missile launches, four of which are certainly short-range. ABC has it, too. Did they actually fire a second Taepodong after the first one flamed out? How’d they get it fueled and in position to go so quickly?

Update: CNN has corrected the previous report: according to NSA Stephen Hadley, the actual number is five. Let the conspiracy theories about the missing sixth missile.

Update: ABC breaks it down:

The first two missiles launched appeared to be short- or mid-range missiles — a Scud and a Nodong — and both fell into the Sea of Japan. The third — which broke up less than a minute after it launched — was the longer range missile, sources said. The fourth missile launched was another Scud, and after that another Nodong, which has a range that could include Japan.

Update: Looks like we’re back to six. God only knows how many more are coming, or what’ll happen if one of them hits Japan.

Update: The Security Council will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m., at Japan’s request.


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I watched Discovery launching live on network TV. N Korea might show up on the net in a grainy video.

I so ronery.

fluffy on July 4, 2006 at 4:17 PM

Might’ve been the ballistic missile but could’ve been a failed test
Or it was the same missile they tested a few years ago that flew over Japan

Defector01 on July 4, 2006 at 4:18 PM

Hmmm…. it “failed” in mid air… mechanical problems???

A 747 flying off the Coast of Japan…

“Control… this is Mechanical Problem… target splashed…. test fire complete, returning to base…”

Romeo13 on July 4, 2006 at 4:52 PM

So, since if not for China, North Korean’s would all literally starve, are we to assume that this is the same as China doing it for whatever strange purpose, or, can we assume that North Korea is ruled by a mad man that even China cannot or will not control?

NRA4Freedom on July 4, 2006 at 5:12 PM

From AP Wires:

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese news agency is reporting that North Korea has test-launched four mid-range missiles into the Sea of Japan.

Rudeseal on July 4, 2006 at 5:13 PM

Very Latest from AP Wires:

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has test-launched three missiles into Sea of Japan, the Japanese government confirms.

Rudeseal on July 4, 2006 at 5:22 PM

More very very latest from AP:
BC-APNewsAlert

WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department officials say North Korea launched its long-range missile, but it failed 35 seconds after lifting off.

APTV 07-04-06 1524MDT

Rudeseal on July 4, 2006 at 5:24 PM

Japan’s pissed off:

BC-APNewsAlert,0024

TOKYO (AP) — Japan said it “sternly protests” North Korean missile test-launches.

APTV 07-04-06 1527MDT

Rudeseal on July 4, 2006 at 5:28 PM

BREAKING: The Taepodong-2 ICBM tried to shoot down Discovery right after launch and failed. America is relieved. The ROW is sad — sarcasm off.

Entelechy on July 4, 2006 at 5:40 PM

OK, I’m getting sick on the 4th of July, sick to my stomach. CNN can’t shut up about our president having to offer ‘carrots’ now.

The Taepodong-2 fizzled and we should offer carrots? Enlighten us please!

Entelechy on July 4, 2006 at 5:43 PM

The reports I’ve read would indicate the missel launches were a dud. The North Korean’s simply don’t have the technology right now to successfully launch a three stage ICBM. If they will just be a little patient I’m sure the NYT will get around to publishing the blue prints of our nuclear missels for them and perhaps next time they’ll get it right.

repvoter on July 4, 2006 at 5:45 PM

Han Song Ryol, deputy chief of North Korea’s mission to the U.N. in New York, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview: “We diplomats do not know what the military is doing.”

Now that is reassuring.

The NASA channel is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Coincidence?

The response to this will be interesting, and should be more than mear chatter.

DannoJyd on July 4, 2006 at 6:13 PM

Be nice if we had B-2′s on the way. Nothing nuclear, just precision strikes taking out their facilities and Kim Jong “ill”. Let China bitch, we’ll just stop buying their cheap ass products.

darwin on July 4, 2006 at 6:15 PM

No Dongs Gone Wrong.

see-dubya on July 4, 2006 at 6:18 PM

“Taped Dongs Gone Wild” – Uncut version

darwin on July 4, 2006 at 6:22 PM

Just prooves…

Yer Dong can get ya in trouble…

Romeo13 on July 4, 2006 at 6:44 PM

L’il Kim is shooting duds.

This bloated little madman cannot be trusted. He’s clearly insane.

doingwhatican on July 4, 2006 at 6:46 PM

Expect more whining for “carrots” and protests to the U.S. not to “escalate the situation” by not only the Chinese commis and MSM but also the liberal administration in South Korea.

There needs to be some consequences, and we would do well to ignore calls for appeasement and work solely with Japan on a response.

I read a great passage in George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss today (p. 428): “‘You will never govern well, Miss Deane,’ said Philip, as he seated himself, ‘because no one will ever believe in your severity. People will always encourage themselves in misdemeanours by the certainty that you will be indulgent.’” Could easily apply to the New York Times as well as North Korea.

januarius on July 4, 2006 at 6:47 PM

Fox reports that N. Korea has fired 6 missles now, the most recent fired recently. Does anyone doubt that they are starved for attention? Maybe they are hoping to see one of our scuds fail in shooting those down, or maybe they are trying to save face from their earlier failure.

I personally like to know where the ICBM ended up. How far could it go in 35 seconds?

DannoJyd on July 4, 2006 at 6:54 PM

“officials said they were not the long-range variety that has been the focus of international concern.”

Not of international concern?

I should think not.

I’m worried.

doingwhatican on July 4, 2006 at 7:01 PM

At least our rockets work…now the libs will want to sell our SRB technology to N. Korea.

jcon96 on July 4, 2006 at 7:16 PM

Fox news continues to disappoint.

More fluff, with only an occasional diversion to real news.

I’m getting sick of CNN…. Guess I’ll go get the grill started and cook our 4th of July supper.

LegendHasIt on July 4, 2006 at 7:18 PM

According to Fox News the count is back up to six. The last one was fired about a half hour ago.

D_bot on July 4, 2006 at 8:02 PM

One can’t anticipate what’s next.

Still, what a wonderous 4th of July this is. Imagine the reverse, if the Discovery would have fallen apart on takeoff and the Taepodong-2 would not have been a dud during the test.

Wake up, the other half of North-America – I include Canada here, as it could be hit as well.

doingwhatican, you are very funny. This dwarf needs to be cut to size.

I’m sure we all know people who are afflicted with what is often called “The Napolean Syndrome.” This is a condition where a poor soul’s consciousness is regularly occupied with the suspicion that his height is at the front of the minds of his contemporaries. They are not seeing him for his personality or his talents. They only see his height. He, therefore, compensates by being a jack-ass. The cruel irony in this situation is what I would call an axiom in human discourse – insecurity is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Entelechy on July 4, 2006 at 8:37 PM

*sigh* I can be wrong, but this has got to be one of the most eventful Independance Days ever, thus far. At least one that I’ve seen through the news. Let’s just hope things aren’t taken a step further in escalation (on NK’s part at least), and if it must, that the enemy takes the most–if not only–casualties. I’d hate to see us or an allied nation take a beating from nuclear weapons, but whether that happens or not, I’d wish the North Korean government (maybe the Chinese, not sure, but definately Iran and other terrorist-supported nations) get what they ask for and glow in the dark before they die.

Cutty S. on July 4, 2006 at 9:12 PM

“It’s a very precise and compricated pran!”

I wonder is ‘Lil Kim shot the scientist in charge of the failed launch.

If they’d spend as much time and effort feeding their people as they do trying to start a war maybe they’d have a population of well fed happy people instead of the starving masses.

Tony737 on July 4, 2006 at 11:08 PM

I’d be curious as to what North Korean television is reporting.

Skywise on July 5, 2006 at 12:23 AM

NRA4Freedom asks:

“…can we assume that North Korea is ruled by a mad man that even China cannot or will not control?”

I think we can assume that North Korea occupies a significant amount of attention that would otherwise be focused on China. China is using North Korea as a pawn and “L’l Kim” is too dumb to figure it out, or too insane to care.

Lawrence on July 5, 2006 at 1:51 AM

If I understand right:

NKor threatened to test missiles
Japan, U.S., China, Russia, U.N.(?) and others told them not to.
They have done this anyway.
Several countries seeking U.N. resolution.

We should be seeing a multilateral military force monitoring the ruins of all thier known launch sites and missile manufacturing plants in the next day or so.

If the MSM was truly for the U.S., they should have front page headlines snickering at Lil Kim’s impotent Dong dysfunction. Maybe Rush can spare him some extra blue pills. More than likely, Lil Kim is just going to have to be content with some warm and fuzzy cuddling with the objects of his desire.

CountryDoc on July 5, 2006 at 2:35 AM

Let’s not forget that we have Billy Jeff and Madeline Halfbright to thank for this. Selling out to the NORKS for a few bucks.

doingwhatican on July 5, 2006 at 4:12 AM

It looks as if the famine in North Korea might be worse than expected. Shooting off six or seven missiles is bound to shake down the world for more Care Packages if they cease and desist.

MaiDee on July 5, 2006 at 7:27 AM

Is anyone really surprised that this happened. That nutbag over there is going to do whatever it takes to try to have his cake and eat it too. Too bad for him that the missiles he possesses are too crappy to successfully deploy the nuclear weapons he claims to have.

I don’t worry much about his ability to hit the US…Hell, this missile has a better Chance of failing and destroying his own country or perhaps even China. Now that would be interesting to watch.

Scorched_Earth on July 5, 2006 at 8:59 AM

I’m wonder if romeo13 is right and we might be the cause of the ‘mechanical problems’. It would be nice to think so and that NK can’t figure out how we did it. High-powered laser, possibly?

Mike O on July 5, 2006 at 9:14 AM

Skywise, NorK TV probably claimed that they shot down Discovery with that surface to surface missile before the Shuttle was able to attack the peace loving People’s Republic.

Hey Kim, your Dong failed. No wonder you’re so ronery.

Tony737 on July 5, 2006 at 10:32 AM

What an idiot. I hate to wish ill on anyone, but I hope he chokes on his kimchee and dies.

Ellen on July 5, 2006 at 11:10 AM

at the bright side, the stupid test failed and they look like idiot children whose first rockets in rocketry class failed

Defector01 on July 5, 2006 at 12:23 PM

Foxnews reports the U.N. is blaming the failure of the North Korean missles on President Bush: “Dong failure blamed on Bush”

darwin on July 5, 2006 at 2:20 PM

Darwin,
Please tell me that’s a joke

Defector01 on July 5, 2006 at 2:53 PM

Defector01, yes, however, it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

darwin on July 5, 2006 at 3:15 PM

Rush had excellent comments on his show. He said there were three possibilities. That the missiles had failed. That the North Koreans had set it up to look like the missiles had failed, to lull us into underestimating them. Or that we had shot them down.

I can think of more possibilities. First, did the N.Koreans actually build the missiles, or at least the guidance systems, or did they buy them? It is entirely possible if they were purchased, that they could be super-controlled by a third party, and allowed to succeed when the third party considers it useful.

There are so many unknowns in this equation, the only thing we can be sure of is the intention was not friendly.

I recall an oriental adage:

To scare the monkey, kill the chicken.

You do not have to hit the target to threaten the target. It is even safer to fall short, but leave doubt.

Man, I am sick of that sick nation

entagor on July 6, 2006 at 2:44 PM