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Why worry about North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions?

Posted by thebosun on October 4, 2006

Apparently, Democratic People’s Republic of (North) Korea (DPRK) is going to attempt a nuclear test, This is surely to set off fireworks with the international community. Stand by for some hand wringing and alerts over this development.

According to today’s UK Times online, North Korea said it would conduct a nuclear test as part of measures to bolster its self-defense amid what it calls increasing US hostility toward the communist regime.  So, now we have a lunatic with nuclear weapons.  Why worry? 

Taep’o-dong 1 and Taep’o-dong 2 Missile Programs

On July 4, 2006, DPRK attempted to fire a long-range Taep’o-dong 2 ballistic missile but it failed after about 40 seconds in flight. The development of the Taep’o-dong 2 is estimated to have begun at the same time as another missile, Taep’o-dong 1, in 1990. The Taep’o-dong 2 missile has been described to be a 2-stage liquid, possible 3-stage, with a range of 6,000-9,000 km.

Over the next several days after the unsuccessful Taep’o-dong 2 test, DPRK successfully fired several non-guided, medium-range Scud-style missiles which landed in the Sea of Japan and caused a furor with the United States’ Asian ally. Unfortunately, these tests were downplayed by the mainstream media as simply “scud type missiles” with little amplifying information provided. The medium – range Scud -style missiles were Taep’o-dong 1 (Daep’o-dong 1, Nodong 2, Scud X, Scud Mod. E, Rodong 2) or perhaps advanced versions of the same.

The Taep’o-dong 1 is a medium-range, liquid and solid propellant, single warhead ballistic missile. The Taep’o-Dong 1 is said to be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to a maximum range of 2,000 km (1,243 miles). The Taep’o-dong 1 program has been in development and testing since 1990.

Do you recall that DPRK successfully test launched the Taep’o-dong 1 in 1998, which caused an outrage in Japan? From January 1993 – January 2001, North Korea developed its “Nodong” missile delivery programs and apparently steadily worked on its nuclear program. The “Nodong” missile is capable of covering South Korea and most of Japan, and our American military forces stationed in those countries.

Strange bed fellows

Along with DPRK, Pakistan and Iran have jointly worked with DPRK on similar missile projects. The Iranian Shahab-5/Shahab 6 is similar in technology and in design to the Taep’o-dong 2. There is much more that meets the eye on this problem. (Source: Missile Threat.Com)

30 Years of miscalculations

For the past 30 years, as the international community idly sat wringing its hand, DPRK has pursued the development of their ever expanding ballistic missile program (and apparently their not so covert) nuclear weapons program. Mismanagement and miscalculation has occurred on every American Presidents’ watch for probably the past 30 years. DPRK has devoted itself to developing weapons and delivery systems under the noses of the world community. Now DPRK is going to test their nuclear weapon? What next? Are they going to collude with their “partners” to hold the free world hostage?

Perhaps you should dig into the problems a little more with these “open source” links on DPRK Missile and Weaponry programs.

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