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North Korea’s Latest Missile Launch Reportedly Failed, Again

North Korea’s Latest Missile Launch Reportedly Failed, Again

Missile exploded moments after takeoff

North Korea launched another missile, and according to both the U.S. and South Korea, their latest attempt was a failure. Moments after taking off, the missile exploded.

The failed launch occurred shortly after Secretary of State Tillerson urged the UN to levy more economic sanctions against North Korea.

From CBS New York:

North Korea conducted another missile launch Friday night.

The latest ballistic missile launch came just hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the United Nations to hit North Korea with more economic sanctions.

“The policy of strategic patience is over,” Tillerson said.

Both the U.S. and South Korean military called the latest launch a failure, CBS2’s Brian Conybeare reported. The missile apparently exploded minutes after taking off.

President Trump responded via Twitter:

CBS continued:

On Thursday, the president had an ominous warning.

“There’s a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” he said.

While a U.S. aircraft carrier group and Japanese warships patrolled the waters near the Korean Peninsula, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s military conducted a massive live-fire exercise this week.

Tillerson urged all nations, particularly China, not to dismiss the north’s sabre rattling.

“For too long, the international community has been reactive in addressing North Korea. Those days must come to an end. Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences,” he said.

Tillerson said it’s only a matter of time until North Korea has a long-range nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. mainland. Both he and Trump want China to use its influence to stop those efforts, or military action could be the next step.

Another North Korean missile launch a few weeks ago had similar results. The missile exploded almost instantly.

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I don’t believe all this speculation about “hacking”. As one who used to launch Space Shuttles, I can tell you with some authority that launching rockets is difficult and expensive under the best of circumstances. I’m surprised that the Norks could ever do it at all. Clearly they have had financial and technical help from the Chinese. Perhaps China has pulled back their technical advisors at the urging of our President?

    Roy in Nipomo in reply to snopercod. | April 29, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Whether we did or not, the speculation causes NorKo to question/distrust their warmaking ability. Now if we could just arrange something like another Project Eldest Son for their artillery…

      snopercod in reply to Roy in Nipomo. | April 29, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Is Jocko’s still in Nipomo?

        Roy in Nipomo in reply to snopercod. | April 29, 2017 at 8:54 pm

        Afirm. Prices went up a touch (not badly), but quality & quantity are still the same (as is the location & ambiance). We like it for brunch as the crowds are less (one of the pitfalls of being old, I guess).

      Walker Evans in reply to Roy in Nipomo. | April 29, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      If we do another Eldest Son we’ll have to take extreme precautions to keep the MSM from learning about and reporting on it. Premature reporting was the biggest reason that operation wasn’t more successful.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to snopercod. | April 29, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    The question in my mind is if we hacked it, do the Norks know that? Is there a way for them to know whether it was hacked or another failure?

Einstein’s definitions of insanity applies here: “Keep doing the same thing the same way and expect different results”

And several rocket scientists have been eliminated

“We meant to do that..” – Kim

That was our rodeo rocket…we only wanted 8 seconds out of it. 😉

No wonder they named this series of missiles “Whoflungdung”.

This has got to stop.

The Aegis destroyers/cruisers escorting *Carl Vinson will never get any realistic target practice if NORK missiles keep blowing up on the launch pad.

*We affectionately called her the Chuckie V, “Cleanest ship in the Navy, and pretty bad @$$ed too.” Somewhere I think I have the coloring book I made for the aviators to learn them ROE. The nice thing about nuclear carriers is plenty of steam. I learned that you can get plenty strong just through body weight exercises on the Chuckie V because somehow deck department didn’t grasp the technology of putting collars on he end of bar. So the ship would take a roll and all of the plates would come crashing off one end. And that would make the entire weight bar unbalanced so the next thing involved the plates at the other end come crashing off.

So I avoided the weight room. There were plenty of spaces where I could do multiple variations of push ups and pull ups. What I didn’t avoid was the sauna near the weight room. I wonder if it’s still there.

They just have to stop using rockets that have a label:

Light fuse. Move away quickly.