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For some reason the long range missile failure brings Viagra to mind........
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Japan wants missile defense ASAP.
Friday July 7, 3:05 AM
Taepodong-2 pointed at waters near Hawaii: report
(Kyodo) _ The Taepodong-2 long-range missile recently test-fired by North Korea was pointed at waters near Hawaii, the Sankei Shimbun reported Friday in its online edition.
Citing government sources in Japan and the United States, the report said Japan's Defense Agency and the U.S. military reached the conclusion after analyzing the missile's path from data collected by Aegis-equipped destroyers and RC-135S electronic reconnaissance aircraft.
The missile was test-fired from its launching site in Musudanri in northeast North Korea early Wednesday local time before landing into the Sea of Japan about several hundred kilometers away.
The authorities decided that the missile was pointed at Hawaii from the angle of its nose cone immediately after the launch and the altitude it has reached, the report said.
The distance between North Korea and Hawaii is about 7,000 kikometers. While Taepodong-2 was widely believed to have the firing range of 3,500-6,000 km, its actual range can be longer, the report said.
It is not clear why North Korea targeted areas near Hawaii, but the sources believe North either wanted to show that the missile's firing range includes the United States, or because Hawaii is home to the headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, or because the missile could mistakenly hit a land area if fired toward Alaska, the report said.
Taepodong-2 said to have flown seven minutes before crashing
6 July 2006
SEOUL - North Korea’s long-range Taepodong-2 missile spent seven minutes in the air, a South Korean military official said Thursday, after repeated US statements that it failed after just 42 seconds.
Lee Sung-Kyu, a top intelligence officer at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the missile had a smooth flight of 42 seconds but spent a total of seven minutes in the air over the Sea of Japan (East Sea).
“The Taepodong-2 crashed due to some trouble after travelling for seven minutes including a 42-second normal flight,” he testified at a National Assembly committee.
The early landing of the Taepodong-2 -- capable of flying over 6,700 kilometers (4,150 miles) to bring Alaska and Hawaii into range -- sparked questions over whether the flight was a technical failure or was aborted.
North Korea has hailed the launch of seven missiles Wednesday as ”successful,” rebuffing allegations that the long-range missile launch was a failure.
US officials had mocked the test, with White House national security adviser Stephen Hadley saying “a missile that fails after 40 seconds is not a threat to the territory of the United States.”
North Korea’s 1998 test of the Taepodong-1 sent shockwaves through Washington and Tokyo by flying some 1,500 kilometers over Japan into the Pacific.
Yonhap news agency quoted an unidentified military intelligence official as saying the long-range missile went down after flying for 490 kilometers.
N.Korea may have long-range missile at site: report
Fri Jul 7, 2006 3:15am ET
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may have moved another long-range missile to a launch site, South Korea's defense minister was quoted as saying on Friday by Yonhap news agency.
South Korea has intelligence that two Taepodong-2 missiles had been moved to the east coast site, one of which was launched on Wednesday, Yoon Kwang-ung was quoted as saying.
But while the second missile has been moved to the launch site area, it has not been observed near the launch pad, which suggests a firing is not imminent, Yoon told South Korean reporters.
North Korea defied warnings from Seoul and other global powers by firing seven missile on Wednesday, including a long-range Taepodong-2, which officials in Washington and Seoul said probably failed and dropped after about 40 seconds of flight.
Yoon also said a North Korean ship was detected in waters off North Korea's east coast, near an area where the seven missiles landed. He said the ship has been called back, suggesting the launch of another series of intermediate-range missiles was not likely soon.
China and Russia notwithstanding, Japan insists on sanctions.
War threat as North Korea talks tough
Peter Alford, Tokyo correspondent
July 08, 2006
A TOP North Korean propagandist raised the threat of nuclear war yesterday as the fighting talk triggered by the isolated regime's missile launches got scarier than any disintegrating Taepodong-2.
Kim Myong-chol, a freelance propagandist for the Stalinist state, claimed North Korea would treat any country supporting UN sanctions against it - and that would definitely include Australia - as a nuclear missile target.
"Now the US is seeking sanctions for us doing nothing in violation of international law - this is outrageous," he said in Tokyo yesterday. "North Korea considers this an act of war and North Korea will launch a missile at any country that joins such a resolution."
Regarded as a trusted, though unofficial, international spokesman for Kim Jong-il's regime and with excellent Pyongyang access, Mr Kim also claimed every major US city was now targeted by nuclear-tipped warheads and could be destroyed within half anhour.
However, he said, that was not the message his "Dear Leader" had meant to send. "I'm afraid America has no sense of humour," said Mr Kim, who heads the Centre for Korean-American Peace north of Tokyo.
"Kim Jong-il has offered celebrations to the US and happy birthday to George Bush."
The missile firings were timed to coincide with American July 4 celebrations and a pre-emptive party for the US President, whose 60th birthday was yesterday.
Less jovial but perhaps more menacing, North Korea's special ambassador for normalising relations with Japan, Song Il-ho, told Japanese reporters in Pyongyang yesterday their country would be punished unless it suspended unilateral sanctions.
"Japan has announced sanctions, but I think it is in the interest of Japan to halt them," he said.
Asked what he meant by his threat of "stronger physical actions", Mr Song responded: "I leave that to your imagination."
Japan's furthest-right mass daily newspaper, Sankei Shimbun, entered the fray with a claim that, if correct, should send everyone into their fallout bunkers.
Quoting unidentified sources in the Japan Defence Agency and Pentagon officials, Sankei Shimbun claimed data analysis of the Taepodong-2's brief flight showed its trajectory targeted Hawaii, about 7000km to the southeast, which is headquarters to the US Pacific Fleet and Pacific Command.
If this information is validated, North Korea should expect a more fiery retaliation than a UN censure or some judicious economic sanctions imposed by Washington. Fortunately, Sankei is reliably unreliable on issues such as North Korea.
The JDA declined to confirm the report and Pentagon officials told Associated Press that the Taepodong's brief flight made it difficult to ascertain the missile's intended target or even whether it was a two- or three-stage configuration.
Hawaii would be just beyond the Taepodong-2's estimated range of 6700km, but a three-stage missile would feasibly put the US mainland within reach.
After its launch on Wednesday the rocket apparently failed to achieve its planned velocity or trajectory and broke apart about 500km from the launch site.
Mr Bush ruled out any new incentive packages for North Korea yesterday and said he had"other options" beyond diplomacy to end a missile and nuclear crisis.
"We want to solve all problems diplomatically. That's our first option. But, of course, the president has got other options," Mr Bush said.
He also flatly rejected any direct talks with the North Korean leader.
"I think he'd love to have the United States sit down at the table alone," Mr Bush said.
Japan mulls pre-emptive strikes.