by Pamela Williams
Lil’ Kim keeps having problems with his missile launches. The last two were duds. I wonder if the US has anything to do with that. It would be nice to think so. There are reports coming out that the US did in fact thwart the missile attempt with a cyber attack. Now that is smart!
The medium-range missile exploded seconds after it was launched on Sunday from a site near the port city of Sinpo, as Mike Pence, the US vice president, arrived in Seoul for talks with the South Korean government over how to deal with Pyongyang’s belligerence. Wow, I have to respect Vice President Pence for making his trip at this time. It was clearly a trip that kept him close to God and His grace.
“It could have failed because the system is not competent enough to make it work, but there is a very strong belief that the US – through cyber methods – has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail,” the former Conservative foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind told the BBC on Sunday.
A US foreign policy adviser travelling with Mr Pence on Air Force Two said the test had come as no surprise. “We had good intelligence before the launch and good intelligence after the launch,” the adviser told reporters on condition of anonymity. “It’s a failed test. It follows another failed test. So really no need to reinforce their failure. We don’t need to expend any resources against that.”
For some reason I do believe we did expend resources to make certain that missile test failed, and I bet North Korea knows. He must be furious.
The map was taken from: www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/16/north-korea-makes-unsuccessful-missile-launch-day-massive-show/
South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said they have not yet identified the missile that was launced, but it does come just a day after the NK military paraded through the streets of Pyongyant with weapons that included a new ballistic missile capable to striking the American mainland. This is not a stated fact by SK, but it is very likely it is, or will be soon. Our military analysts most like already know this.
Some of the missiles Lil’ Kim displayed in his parade were a Pukkuksong-1 submarine -launched ballistic missile, which the regime has been testing off the east coast. This is making me a little wide-eyed at this point. I think Kim is moving ahead a little too fast for my comfort.
Getting back to Vice President Mike Pence, he is calling North Korea’s latest missile test a “provocation,” which no doubt it is.
“This morning’s provocation from the North is just the latest reminder of the risks each one of you face each and every day in the defense of the freedom of the people of South Korea and the defense of America in this part of the world,” Pence said during an Easter dinner at Yongsan military base in Seoul at the start of his 10-day tour of Asia. Pence also pledged the U.S. will continue to support its alliance with South Korea.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster echoed Pence’s remarks in an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” calling the missile test part of a pattern of “provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior.” He said there now is an “international consensus … that this is a situation that just can’t continue.”
Published on Apr 16, 2017
North Korean ballistic missile launch FAILS: Kim Jong-un launches new ‘game changer missile’ hours after it was introduced at a military parade – but it BLOWS UP almost immediately in embarrassing failure.
North Korea has attempted to fire a missile it introduced just hours ago at a military parade – but the launch was an embarrassing failure after the weapon blew up almost immediately.
It is thought to be one of the country’s new ‘game-changer’ intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) which was revealed to the world in a display of military might yesterday.
The South Korean defence ministry said it had detected a failed launch from Sinpo – where North Korea’s biggest submarine base is located.
According to a military official the weapon is ‘presumed to be a new ICBM’ as it is longer than the existing KN-08 or KN-14 missiles.
US defence secretary James Mattis said Donald Trump is ‘aware’ of the launch and has no further comment as Vice President landed in South Korea ahead of a 10-day Asia tour.
The South Korean defence ministry said in a statement: ‘North Korea attempted to test an unidentified type of missile from Sinpo area in the South Hamkyong Province this morning, but we suspect the launch has failed.’
In a statement, the US military said: ‘U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 11:21 a.m. Hawaii time April 15.
‘The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo.
‘The missile blew up almost immediately. The type of missile is still being assessed.
‘U.S. Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our allies in the Republic of Korea and in Japan to maintain security.’
The Foreign Office has said it is ‘concerned by reports of a missile test by North Korea’ and is ‘monitoring the situation closely’.
It comes just hours after North Korea unveiled new weapons during a display of the country’s military might in the country’s capital Pyongyang as Kim Jong-Un warned of an ‘annihilating strike’ if the US attacks.
President Donald Trump had previously pledged to ‘take care’ of the issue following his surprise cruise missile attack on Syria over its use of chemical weapons.
Meanwhile Pyongyang threatened ‘catastrophic consequences’ when Trump sent an armada of warships to the Korean Peninsula.
At the same time, China has moved 150,000 troops to its border to deal with a possible influx of North Korean refugees amid fears Trump may strike Kim following the surprise US missile attack on Syria last week.
The North has warned of a nuclear strike against the United States if provoked. It has said it has developed and would launch a missile that can strike the mainland United States but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology, including miniaturising a nuclear warhead.
North Korea launched a ballistic missile from the same region this month, ahead of a summit between the United States and China in Florida to discuss the North’s arms programme.
But that missile, which U.S. officials said appeared to be a liquid-fuelled, extended-range Scud, only flew about 60 km (40 miles), a fraction of its range, before spinning out of control.
Tension had escalated sharply amid concern the North may conduct a sixth nuclear test or a ballistic missile test around Saturday’s 105th anniversary of the birth of founding father Kim Il Sung, what it calls the “Day of the Sun”.
China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and U.S. Secretary of of State Rex Tillerson exchanged views on the “situation on the Korean peninsula” by phone on Sunday, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said. Yang said the two sides should maintain dialogue.