North Korea’s test missile explodes immediately after launching – UPDATED
Failure to launch!
(Updates placed at the end of the post.)
US military officials are reporting that North Korea attempt to launch a missile along its east coast, but it blew up almost immediately.
…It’s unclear why it failed. The missile was launched from Sinpo, on its east coast.
The Yonhap news agency in South Korea first reported the failed launch, citing the South Korean military.
“The North attempted to launch an unidentified missile from near the Sinpo region this morning but it is suspected to have
failed,” the South’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement
I have been following the news from this region all weekend, especially the videos of the military parades in the North Korean capital to celebrate the birth of Kim Il-sung, the country’s founding father and grandfather to current leader Kim Jong-un. Experts watching the same footage have made some troubling assessments.
North Korea on Saturday unveiled what appears to be its new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), staging a large-scale military parade in Pyongyang amid increased military tensions on the peninsula.
A huge truck carrying the missile-shaped objective rolled through the main square of the capital in front of leader Kim Jong-un and other top officials of the communist regime, showed TV footage.
South Korean military officials said they regard it as a new type of ICBM.
“It’s presumed to be a new ICBM. It seems longer than the existing KN-08 or KN-14 ICBMs, an official said.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence is poised to begin a highly-anticipated trip to Asia, which includes stops in South Korea and Japan.
The stop in South Korea, where Pence will spend Easter Sunday with American and South Korean troops and hold a bilateral meeting with Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn, comes as North Korea celebrates the 105th birthday of founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of the country’s current leader Kim Jong Un.
Pence will “reaffirm” the United States’ commitment to the “ironclad” U.S.-South Korean alliance, a senior administration official told reporters ahead of the trip.
… While Pence will discuss regional security at other stops in Japan, Indonesia and Australia, he will also focus on trade and economic issues, and meet with business leaders throughout the trip.
In Japan, Pence will kick off economic talks first announced by Trump and Japanese President Shinzo Abe after their February summit.
Pence’s visit to Australia, a close U.S. ally, comes after Trump criticized an Obama-era deal between the two countries to resettle refugees.
Hopefully Pence, our troops, and the rest of the world will have a safe and missile-free Easter.
UPDATE 1: President Trump was at Mar-a-Lago when informed of the failure.
President Trump, who is spending the holiday weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, was briefed on the attempted launch and also spoke by phone with Pence.
“The president and his military team are aware of North Korea’s most recent unsuccessful missile launch. The president has no further comment,” Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said in a statement.
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Obviously, super-secret US Lazor weaponz smuggled into the country by degenerate counter-revolutionaries in order to embarrass the Great Leader on this moment of supreme triumph.
Or maybe the U.S. Navy’s laser weapon?
Or maybe someone smuggled a laser pointer made someone press the wrong button?
Or maybe Kim has a problem keeping it up?
How can they analyze anything by looking at the missles on parade? They could just as easily be props filled with sand.
Speaking of props, a fraud calling himself ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ got away with being one for 8 years. He wasn’t filled with sand, however, though is head was filled with rocks.
Noko says happy Easter
Watch for the liberal media and cable talk shows claim that Obama is responsible for the NK missile launch failures of late:
Wow, that must be a significant fraction of the country’s annual production of tires under those nice dummy missiles.
Maypop brand tires.
Much more of a threat to the survival of our nation are the leftist loons coming out of our school systems: they will destroy more of our nation than any NK missiles ever will.
Or as Lenin said:
“Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.”
Lenin stole that from the Jesuits.
…who stole it from Aristotle.
All of this is just Kabuki theatre. The Norks create a situation that everyone says will lead to war then a month later come out with some kind of “humanitarian” request (need food or to sell coal for hard currency etc).
Problem the Norks have is they are no longer dealing with a pussy in the WH.
59 tomahawks into that square would have solved a lot of problems.
Looks like a case of premature intimidation.
Now that there was funny!
Ghostirider- MSM just knows Obama was good at destroying militaries, primarily our own, so they just assume he is destroying the Norks military too
Do they need another rocket engine? Because I have one in my trans am that they can borrow.
Pure reckless speculation on my part but if we are to believe that China is serious about being THE New World leader in the “China Century”, maybe they are embarrassed that they can’t even control an impoverished and insane next door neighbor? Wouldn’t it make sense that it was the Chinese themselves who sabotaged this launch? Who better to do this?
Another scenario is that with the prospect of their house of cards economy crumbling staring them in the face, maybe they are already preparing for the aftermath and need NorKo in some way. A diversion to keep the world occuppied as they buy time? A challenge to the US ultimatum? Testing of our resolve in this war of nerves? So WE sabotage this launch to demonstrate that we can and turn the tables on China by tightening the US Navy noose in their own backyard? Your move China.
I expect China to soon accept that there is no upside for them keeping Un in power. The consequences of not taking him out are worse them than for everyone else. China risks losing everything they have gained so far and finding the world rapidly growing hostile to them. Maybe we’ll see Xi and Un doing a “I’m So Ronery” reboot?
The Chinese control over 70% of NK’s imports and they could bring them to their knees if they wanted to. They don’t. If they did then the threat of a stronger US ally on their border would be much more undesirable than haveing this half wit there. The Chinese know he is a loose cannon but one that they can control with his imports of their food and materials. They do not want a weak and helpless buffer between SK and their border. China ranks right up there with the Russians with “What’s best for them” as opposed to what’s best for the world and peace.
They (the Chinese) did turn back some North Korean coal this week, and bought American coal instead — a not-too-subtle sign of displeasure.
We’re supposed to be burning our coal and sending the flyash to Europe, rather than selling it to China, so they can burn it and send the flyash to us.