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North Korea Shows Off Space Center and Launches Missile

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the pay-no-attention-to-the-missle-behind-the-curtain dept.

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Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that nobody would describe North Korea's mission control as imposing. It is a small, unremarkable, two-story building, tiny compared to Nasa's Houston home in America or Russia's space command. But the North's secretive regime, now headed by the third of the Kim dynasty to rule here, Kim Jong-un, is opening up, for the first time in an attempt to allay fears it is about to test missile technology that could deliver a warhead as far as America. 'Sixteen technicians man the satellite command center. Dressed in white coats, like doctors, they sit behind computer screens,' writes Damian Grammaticas. 'On a big screen are live pictures from the launch pad, showing North Korea's rocket being fueled up. The satellite it will carry has already been loaded on board, we are told.' Pyongyang says the minibar refrigerator-sized satellite covered with solar panels and golden foil to protect its instruments will broadcast martial music praising North Korea's founder, Kim Il Sung and is designed to monitor weather, natural disasters and agriculture patterns. As the five-day window for North Korea's rocket launch opens today, the United States has warned a launch would be a breach of UN Security Council resolutions that ban the North from testing missile technology. If North Korea goes ahead it could lead to UN sanctions, it has warned. 'That's why we have invited you, to clearly show that this is a satellite launch not a ballistic missile,' says Paek Chang-ho, head of the satellite control center. 'I hope you become supporters in showing the transparency of our satellite launch.'" After all that North Korea decided to launch a missile anyway. From the article: "The three-stage rocket, called the Unha-3, blasted off from the Soehae launch site near North Korea’s western corner with China, at about 7:39 a.m., the South Korea Defense Ministry said."

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Missle? (0)

cl0secall (449952) | about 2 years ago | (#39667667)

What's a Missle?

Re:Missle? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39667713)

In North Korea, they often shorten Missile to just Miss, so they don't have much experience with the full spelling.

Re:Missle? (1)

Psychotria (953670) | about 2 years ago | (#39667717)

Pretty sure it's a hemi-parasitic plant that for some reason people kiss under at Christmas. The author has just left off "toe".

Re:Missle? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668161)

It's a hemiparasitic plant under which, for some reason, people kiss at Christmas."

Grammar'd that for you.

Re:Missle? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39667747)

Leave samzenpus alone, he can't help his lisp.

Re:Missle? (4, Interesting)

similar_name (1164087) | about 2 years ago | (#39667819)

Aside from the misspelling I find the use of the word missile versus rocket interesting. They are essentially the same thing but the two words certainly have different connotations.

Re:Missle? (4, Funny)

jhoegl (638955) | about 2 years ago | (#39667939)

Yes, one is designed to spawn fear and trepidation into the uneducated masses whilst the other is a peace time connotation for "WWWWEEEEEE we have packed, what is essentially 5 billion tons of explosives into this long tube and we hope it does what we want."

Re:Missle? (0)

slew (2918) | about 2 years ago | (#39668047)

Aside from the misspelling I find the use of the word missile versus rocket interesting. They are essentially the same thing but the two words certainly have different connotations.

I don't really see much different between using the words rockets and missiles. They are mostly interchangeable.
V2 rockets, bottle rockets, "rockets red glare, bombs bursting in air", etc, show how historically rockets meant basically the same as missile.
Or even pocket rockets, or heat seeking missile (in a more urban slang usage)...

I may be mistaken, but I think even Nasa often called vehicle used in the Atlas program a missile.

Re:Missle? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668153)

They are mostly interchangeable

You said it yourself. Mostly. They have different connotations. Which is what he said. You're being obtuse.

Re:Missle? (2)

mug funky (910186) | about 2 years ago | (#39668325)

the Atlas vehicles were ICBMs IIRC.

that said, the space shuttle was pretty much 2 ICBMs strapped to a giant fuel tank with a little help from the SSMEs.

Re:Missle? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668445)

On the television, they had someone that clarified "Missile vs Rocket", in that they are exactly the same except for a guidance system.

Eg, a rocket goes up and stops when it runs out of fuel or hits a target and detonates. A Missile has a guidance system to lock on to a target and deliver a payload.

The end result is the same, we generally reserve the word "Rocket" for the ones without guidance systems, as such the context is correct when you refer to RPG as Rocket Propelled Grenade, and the kinds used in fireworks.

Re:Missle? (2)

Grishnakh (216268) | about 2 years ago | (#39668565)

A "rocket" is generally anything that is powered by a rocket engine. A rocket engine is one which carries its oxidizer and fuel together, rather than using oxygen from the air.

Of course, there's jet-powered missiles now (I believe the Tomahawk is one of these), so those, technically, do not qualify as "rockets".

Wow! Three times! (5, Funny)

Psychotria (953670) | about 2 years ago | (#39667675)

Missle in the title, the summary AND the "from the pay-no-attention-to-the-missle-behind-the-curtain dept". That's gotta be a record.

Re:Wow! Three times! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39667703)

You see, the UN resolutions bar North Korea from launching missiles. They say nothing about missles.

NK discovers life (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39667705)

After the launch...

South Korea Defense Ministry - "On this screen you can see we are detecting vast forms of life in outer space.."

BBC - "That looks a lot like the Pacific Ocean..."

Fail (5, Informative)

Dan East (318230) | about 2 years ago | (#39667733)

Numerous news sites are reporting that the launch failed - it broke apart shortly after launch.

Cut 'im a husk, buddy. (1)

hoboroadie (1726896) | about 2 years ago | (#39667925)

I had Heroic Leader, or whats'is-name as my desktop for a long time, some painting where he's getting the serum through the storm or something. The Young One has BIG SHOES (size 5 or so) to fill. He's doing the best his people can make him look like he's doing.
Enjoy the show.

Re:Fail (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668247)

That is impossible. First, the North Korean rockets are infallible, second, the satellite that carries the voices of Dear Leader, his son and his grandson has negative gravity and third, I can already hear the patriotic songs from the satellite on my radio.

You and all other liars on StateDep pay will NOT ruin this great day for the Juhche Democracy.

Dickcheese (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39667735)

I missled your mother!

Kaputnik (4, Informative)

daveschroeder (516195) | about 2 years ago | (#39667765)

Yep, and the launch failed [go.com].

Of course, even a failed launch is still valuable information for North Korea, as that is part of the whole point of such tests.

Re:Kaputnik (5, Insightful)

sqrt(2) (786011) | about 2 years ago | (#39667813)

It shows you just how isolated they are. Any other country wanting to build a rocket to send a satellite into space could build on the 100+ years of research and development done by the rest of the world.

I'm sure whatever mistake they made here was made by some rocket scientist in the past and has already been corrected, but they don't have access to that. They had to start from nothing and repeat all the mistakes of the past.

I'm sure they get some help from the Russians and China, but they are all about trying to do things their own way, alone. Except feed themselves, apparently.

Re:Kaputnik (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39667869)

What's more worrisome is how the western press is buying into this openness thing and the ambiguity about the launch. Why don't they say it clearly for those who don't know already? a ballistic missile and a satellite launcher rocket are essentially the same thing, they can be used for both purposes.

Re:Kaputnik (1)

Dahamma (304068) | about 2 years ago | (#39668079)

What are you talking about? Every story I read pointed that out clearly (as if it wasn't obvious to anyone with half a brain anyway).

Re:Kaputnik (4, Interesting)

mug funky (910186) | about 2 years ago | (#39668363)

their entire weapons program is based on freely available info.

their plutonium is made by reverse engineered magnox reactors.

their missiles are based on (old) russian tech. ...neither of which they seem to be able to do right. they get frighteningly close, but by frightening i mean they have a lot of toys that could explode and cause damage beyond their borders.

Re:Kaputnik (2)

RightwingNutjob (1302813) | about 2 years ago | (#39668427)

Three launches and three failures. You get the sense these guys don't test their stuff before launch so much as they take the Dear Leader's word that it'll work just because. My understanding is that magical thinking is enforced from the top down in NK. Then again, I'd rather them be evil and stupid rather than evil and smart.

Re:Kaputnik (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668449)

they could have bought the whole package from Bill Clinton.

Re:Kaputnik (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668425)

I'd hate to work in the control room for that spoiled brat.
Heads are gonna roll, insulting the supreme leader with a failure.

A predictable outcome... (5, Funny)

hyades1 (1149581) | about 2 years ago | (#39667769)

And in the belly of an oddly-configured 747 flying just beyond North Korea's radar horizon, a scientist skilled in laser technology was heard to mutter, "Pull!"

Re:A predictable outcome... (1)

rbmorse (833877) | about 2 years ago | (#39667817)

Well, they said they cancelled the Airborne LASER program, but did they? Has anybody actually seen the thing, lately?

Re:A predictable outcome... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39667929)

They will report that it was shot down by either South Korea or the US.

Re:A predictable outcome... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668489)

oh great, another spit take.
tnx

Predictable (2)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about 2 years ago | (#39667773)

The previous /. story covering the new US agreement to provide aid was filled with posts of optimism, and contempt for anyone expressing skepticism as old relics too hardened in their ways to accept the new dictator's good faith.

I'm still skeptical.

Re:Predictable (5, Insightful)

Bomazi (1875554) | about 2 years ago | (#39667967)

Of course they won't give up their nuclear weapon program in exchange for food aid, but that is irrelevant. Aid should be given, in exchange for nothing, even if it might be diverted or otherwise help the regime last. Using the threat of famine for political gains is unacceptable. North Korea does it to some extent, we shouldn't.

Re:Predictable (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668231)

North Korea would have the economic power to buy food for its citizens itself if it wasn't blowing it all on shiny nukes and rocketry instead. The rest of the world shouldn't be expected to feed its people while it behaves like an irresponsible and rebellious teenager that spends all its money on hookers and fast cars. On the other hand, since the North Korean leadership has already demonstrated that it is perfectly willing to let its people starve so that it can play with shiny toys, outside demands aren't going to make much a difference. There is no easy answer to the situation.

Re:Predictable (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668555)

You know, the anti-science folk in the US say the same thing. We too could be feeding the homeless with the money we give to NASA.

Re:Predictable (1, Troll)

hoboroadie (1726896) | about 2 years ago | (#39668239)

I'm sad I missed that (damn job!) The North Koreans are real cut-ups, ripe for some mockery. Anyone who takes them seriously, aside from the occasional commando raid or whatever, is over-estimating. If they went to war with anyone, they would need total support from China or someone, and the Chinese are having too much fun fucking us economically. If the Chinese sucker us into a war, it'll probably be with Iran, but I don't see why they need to crush us that badly. Revenge?

Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39667779)

Seriously the hypocrisy of the Americans is astounding. In regards to this launch the North Koreans did everything by the book

- They applied to the international regulatory authorities for space launch approval and orbital slot
- They posted air and maritime notices
- They had the international press to tour the launch site

Now any other country doing this would not have any issues. But if it is Iran or North Korea then go fuck yourself because the Americans don't like you. Don't forget that after all these years Cuba still deserves that embargo, you know because they are such a threat to the Americans.
 

Mod parent up. (0, Troll)

bussdriver (620565) | about 2 years ago | (#39667823)

Wish I had mod points. Does not matter what you think of them America is too ignorant to realize the high amount hypocrisy that goes on.

could you actually define the hypocrisy? (5, Insightful)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 2 years ago | (#39668275)

would this be like the hypocrisy that charles manson uses a gun, and the police use a gun, and so they are morally equivalent, and to criticize charles manson is hypocrisy?

or a burglar breaks into your home, and the government forces you to pay taxes, so its all the same thing: robbery... hypocrisy!

how about a drunk driver jumping the sidewalk and killing a pedestrian is the same as a drunk stumbling into a highway and getting hit... hypocrisy!

yeah hypocrisy! everything is morally equivalent!

please define the parameters in which the globally condemned mafia family who starves its people while it pursues nukes is the same as the government of the USA

bonus thought (if you can handle more than one thought at a time): it is not required to like the USA to agree with my comment. it is actually possible *gasp*, get this radical craziness!: to dislike North Korea, AND the USA, for different, REAL reasons... at the same time! no freakin way! for real?

rather than the genius level analysis you and parent poster demonstrate. "bad things from government A" = "bad things government B": hypocrisy!

durrr....duhh...

Re:could you actually define the hypocrisy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668335)

Mod down... expresses too much reasonable thought.

Re:could you actually define the hypocrisy? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668413)

The only country ever to use a nuclear weapon in anger....? Hence the charge of hypocrisy. You can't claim the moral high ground and justify mass killing at the same time. Just look at the last decade - The Americans have waged war across most of the globe.

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39667905)

I really don't care what the Americans think, but being from Japan, I think they should put NK in the ground.

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668067)

Ya, because they are PISSED about all the raping, murdering and plundering your wonderful people did to them. Japan has REASON to be worried. I mean, you guys ran around doing whatever you wanted, shitting all over other countries, right? They just want to put a satellite up. Also, perhaps feed their people. Such a big threat...

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668137)

North Korea could have fed their people with the amount of money that went into this rocket launch. They apparently find it more important to impress the world than actually keep their citizens from starving to death. Also, before North Korea gets to complain about rape and murder, maybe they should consider shutting down those massive prison camps of theirs.

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668309)

Funny you mention that: for the last sixty-seven years, it has been the North Korean government that is doing the raping [wikipedia.org], murdering [wikipedia.org] and plundering [csmonitor.com]. But enough with the facts. Carry on, comrade.

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (2)

HBI (604924) | about 2 years ago | (#39667945)

Other nations aren't doing underground nuclear tests to go with their ICBM tests.

Yes, the difference between an ICBM and an orbital shot is the intended trajectory.

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668061)

The following is off topic

(For the record, I totally agree with the points you made - only one unimportant detail I wanted to address)

Don't forget that after all these years Cuba still deserves that embargo, you know because they are such a threat to the Americans.

Last I checked, Cuba has not physically moved any further away from the US border, and are still not a government under US control.
The threat was Cuba allowing another government to install missiles capable of reaching the USA.

That threat still exists.

It may not be right, but the US controls Canada and Mexico, and there's not much else near them that they do not also control.
It may not be a likely threat, at least not anymore.

But that's how it is.

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (1)

DeadCatX2 (950953) | about 2 years ago | (#39668241)

Cuba is a threat, therefore we should embargo them so that they are desperate. Then when someone who doesn't likes us comes along and offers to help them, they're much more conducive to such help.

Wouldn't it be better to normalize relations with Cuba, so that way they wouldn't want to let someone aim some missiles at their ally?

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668315)

Unfortunately, this is not what a trade embargo does. A trade embargo stops US companies, civilians and interests from trading with Cuba

A trade embargo does not stop another country from putting missiles on Cuban soil. In fact, many other countries such as Canada trade with Cuba all the time.

The real reason the US doesn't like Cuba is because Cuba annexed all the US Oil interests in the country.

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (5, Informative)

CaptainLard (1902452) | about 2 years ago | (#39668071)

Now any other country doing this would not have any issues.

I'm not going to argue that the US isn't grossly hypocritical but you can't call North Korea just another country. Not 2 years ago they torpedoed and sank a south korean navy ship! 2/5 of their population is currently in the military and up to 400k of the rest are in prisions/camps with a 40% mortality rate. The reason the population isn't in constant famine is because of food aid provided by countries such as the US under conditions that they not develop ICBMs! Their grand leader for eternity died decades ago. IMO, north korea filing a flight plan for a rocket launch is about the same as someone guilty of a knife attack applying for a gun. As for Iran, the US should get the hell out of the middle east but a regime who's goal is to destroy a nearby country (Israel) shouldn't get a free pass.

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (1, Insightful)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 2 years ago | (#39668133)

When you post something like this, you are really just loudly announcing your low IQ.

I am in no way defending the USA. The USA has done plenty wrong in the world. If you dislike the USA, you are free to criticize the USA. There is plenty I am unhappy about the USA's actions in this world. I ENCOURAGE you to criticize the USA.

But what I want you to try to do is criticize the USA on the merits of what the USA has done wrong. Not use global condemnation of the actions of a mafia family who starves its people and pursues nukes as an excuse to go "well, the USA is the same! hypocrisy!"

No, moron, you're wrong. Factually, objectively wrong, on simple and obvious facts an elementary school student can grasp about simple and obvious, undisputed facts of the governments of the two countries and their historical records.

That you think it is even remotely valid to compare the two nations on their actions and talk about hypocrisy is just an exercise in gross stupidity.

I am not flinging empty insults. I am using your words as the starting point for an objective analysis of your ability to look at world events and use basic mental skills like compare and contrast: you fail. Horribly. You are a moron. This is an objective appraisal of your IQ, not an empty insult.

Do yourself a favor and think and educate yourself. Then post your opinions on the Internet. Not that stupidity stops anyone from commenting, but maybe you can eventually grow mentally and come to appreciate where you fail so miserably in your thought processes here. Fucking pathetic.

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668423)

Wow, somebody touched a nerve.
Whats that saying; you get the most flack when your over the target.

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (0)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 2 years ago | (#39668491)

Yes, a nerve has been touched. Gross ignorance, outright flaming stupidity, a humongous capacity to open one's mouth while the wattage in the cranium is dim: this insults me.

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668457)

Yeah "America" (and thats the nation, not the people) does not show korean and others as the bad guys and them as the good guys. America has nothing to do with the "missile" titles, nothing!

Not sure who's the moron here.

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 2 years ago | (#39668573)

make believe the USA does not exist. what are your opinions of the actions of North Korea?

is it possible in your mind to criticize the USA, which i ENCOURAGE you to do, AND criticize North Korea, at the same time?

or is your brain so heavily hardwired for cromagnon tribal posturing, that it is impossible for you to look at the actions of North Korea, and the actions of the USA, and not criticize them SEPARATELY AT THE SAME TIME

am i asking you to play chopin's opus 25 on the piano? am i asking you to walk on a wire over niagara falls?

why is it so fucking utterly beyond your dim mental abilities to be able to criticize North Korea without somehow invoking your dislike for the USA? why is that so hard for you?

look, over here: North Korea. got it? and now, over there: USA. different. separate. amazing right?

i ENCOURAGE you to criticize the USA. repeat: i ENCOURAGE you to criticize the USA. on the merits of the crimes the USA has committed in this world, which are many and large. do you understand me?

but maybe, just MAYBE, when the mafia family in pyongyang, when not busy starving its people and building nuclear bombs, decides to launch a missile over other countries, that you might just find the compunction somewhere within your dim cranium to... get this, i know, far out wacky thought.. .to criticize North Korea?

is kneejerk tribal rah rah rah all you are capable of?

simply put: morons hardwired to tribal, oppositional thinking, like you, represent the downfall of humanity. this really is the truth

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668505)

I can imagine you spewing the same hate in 2003 when people objected to the invasion of Iraq. Dick Cheney and Bush were right and the global condemnation of the mafia family in Iraq with all those WMD's was totally correct. The half million Iraq men, women and children war dead totally had it coming. U-S-A.... U-S-A.... U-S-A...U-S-A

You know what? Iran probably has some WMD too. So let's invade Iran and North Korea. Maybe Yemen too, make it a buy 2 get 1 free offer?

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668227)

You *do* realize the leaders of Iran and North Korea are fucking crazy unlike leaders of "other countries", right?
Fuck you and the high-horse your rode in on.

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (5, Informative)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 2 years ago | (#39668259)

- They applied to the international regulatory authorities for space launch approval and orbital slot
- They posted air and maritime notices
- They had the international press to tour the launch site

You forgot a few:

- They promised to suspend weapons testing, including missile launches, in exchange for food aid.
- They maintain one of the largest armies on the planet.
- They launched an unprovoked artillery attack on an American ally just last year, killing mostly civilians.
- They have never signed a peace treaty ending the Korea War. There is only a cease-fire. Technically we are still at war with them.

Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668285)

We don't say it like it is here in America.. that gets you put on a list.

relevant simpsons quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39667795)

so it broke apart not long after the launch...

Nelson *pointing*: "Ha Ha"

Another Predictable Outcome... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39667841)

And in the belly of the earth, single pistol shots to the heads of a dozen scientists who went with out hardly a mutter at all.

Re:Another Predictable Outcome... (0)

AHuxley (892839) | about 2 years ago | (#39668219)

In other parts of the world your company might lose the next rocket contract. People get laid off and you face a slow social death.
No more luxury home mortgage, good schools, real health care, designer brands, trips around the world, dreams of sailing, country club, golf, that expensive secretive self improvement 'cult', great food, sports...
Back to been a home appliance/toy/small projects engineer in an ok neighbourhood, ok public schooling, no real health cover, no holidays, no social standing, average food, endless public charity work with no more secrets or connections, no more insider "tips".... but you still have the bank loans...and new endless stress
Unless your glorious state of federal leader can step in and fix that paperwork misunderstanding and boondoggle your company back into rocket contracts...

Re:Another Predictable Outcome... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668297)

Are you really comparing getting laid off to being executed by the state? You're a fucking moron.

Missle Failure (4, Funny)

stevenfuzz (2510476) | about 2 years ago | (#39667859)

Apparently the AP is reporting that the missile broke up shortly after lauch, and has called the launch a failure. This is not entirely true. The missile broke apart releasing millions of pieces of paper simply stating "You are happy. North Korea make great party. You are not hungry.". According to officials in North Korea the launch was a great success.

The jokes just write themselves (5, Funny)

grouchomarxist (127479) | about 2 years ago | (#39667891)

The missile was supposed to mark Kim Jong Un's ascension to power, but it failed to rise to the occasion.

Re:The jokes just write themselves (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668443)

And isn't his grandfathers 100th birthday this month as well? I would assume that a satellite would have been in his honor.

FAIL: Imagine if you were the head missle engineer (4, Insightful)

schwit1 (797399) | about 2 years ago | (#39667913)

His family and anyone he works with and their families are in trouble.

Re:FAIL: Imagine if you were the head missle engin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668263)

Yep. One way trip to prison camp, slavery, torture, and starvation. It's good to live in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Re:FAIL: Imagine if you were the head missle engin (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668435)

If I were the head missile engineer, I'd likely know the odds of the launch failing - and with that in mind, I'd have arranged for some relatively comfortable means of suicide before being dragged off to the local version of gestapo.

I blame the name (2)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 2 years ago | (#39667943)

When the previous missiles were had names that were phonetically "Type O Dong", they were certain to work. Now that the missile names don't automatically lend themselves to silly jokes, they can't possibly work.

Hey, China (0)

Alien Being (18488) | about 2 years ago | (#39667951)

You're pretending that this isn't your problem, but you're wrong. You and North Korea are the biggest red flags on this planet and you are close enough together that you're bound to catch big shrapnel from fire returned on your comrades/neighbors/whatever.

You are the giant on the world stage. What are you going to do?

Re:Hey, China (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668081)

I'm more scared of the USA than any other country. The people from the USA keep complaining about weapons from countries that don't play nice with them, but they keep invading other countries with stealth planes, killer robots, and nukes. The day the USA decides to fight countries that can actually fight back, it's WW3 and we are all going to die.

Oh f@ck off US already (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39667999)

Korea is not California - mind you're own bloody business.

Re:Oh f@ck off US already (1, Interesting)

Doctor_Jest (688315) | about 2 years ago | (#39668063)

Ironically, some of the idiocy coming from California sounds remarkably like the rhetoric and propaganda from "dear leader"... couple that with the fact that they can't do anything right in California either... well, we're seeing distinct parallels.

The only thing missing in NK is a leader who actually believed he was abducted by aliens...

Re:Oh f@ck off US already (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668185)

No problem, douchebag- call the warship carrying Prince Fairy back from the Falklands and we'll be even. In the meantime, go fix your fucking teeth.

Trust? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668051)

I trust North Korea about as far as they can chuck a missle.

and OMG LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668111)

The world still didn't end.....

They should have save money ... (2)

jbeaupre (752124) | about 2 years ago | (#39668211)

... and hired SpaceX to launch their satellite.

haha (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668331)

ya then promptly never get any contract anywhere but north korea....

Be Proud North Koreans (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668251)

Your awesome government and brilliant minds finally brought you slightly closer to technology of the 1950's, hold your heads up high!

waiting for "its morally equivalent to USA" trolls (1, Insightful)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 2 years ago | (#39668339)

who show up in every story that might possibly condemn another country

oh here they are:

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2783493&cid=39668133 [slashdot.org]

hey, geniuses: it's actually mentally possible to... drum roll please... get this far out idea:

1. dislike country XYZ, and
2. dislike the USA,
3. at the same time!

no freakin way! i know, radically subversive mental concept huh?

get this piece of really far out thinking: you can actually condemn North Korea, and, still dislike the USA? whoa, heavy stuff

you don't actually have to defend a rabid civilian starving nuke pursuing nutcase mafia regime, just because you dislike the USA?

i know, i know, crazy far out concept huh?

you don't actually have to side with the USA to condemn North Korea... hmmm... that's some deep, wacky stuff

you mean... think and act on principles, rather than think on moronic tribal oppositional posturing?

wow, how come i never thought of that!

Re:waiting for "its morally equivalent to USA" tro (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39668393)

Go and puke you bile on kuro5hin, twatstain.

I havent tuned into Voice of Korea recently (1)

atari2600a (1892574) | about 2 years ago | (#39668481)

Do they have a Song of General Kim-Jong Un yet? Damn they used to send me copies of The Pyongyang Times (probably put me on some sort of list here in the US), but not recently...
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