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    North Korea just launched two more missiles... And they did it specifically for Independence Day weekend :|

    SKorea says NKorea fires 2 missiles off east coast - Yahoo! News



    SEOUL, South Korea North Korea fired two missiles off its eastern coast Saturday, South Korea said, in yet another provocative move after the U.N. imposed sanctions on the communist regime for its May nuclear test.
    The missiles were fired between 8 a.m. (2300 GMT) and 8:30 a.m. (2330 GMT), South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. It did not say the range of the missiles.
    "Our military is fully ready to counter any North Korean threats and provocations based on strong South Korea-U.S. combined defense posture," the statement said.
    A Yonhap news agency report said North Korea fired two short-range missiles that appeared to be Scud missiles. The agency quoted a South Korean government official it did not identify. Yonhap originally reported the missiles were mid-range.
    There was no immediate comment from North Korea on the missiles.
    North Korea fired four short-range missiles off the east coast on Thursday.
    Speculation had been high that the communist country might launch more missiles in coming days. North Korea had warned shipping to stay away from its east coast effective through July 10.
    South Korea's military said Friday it was closely monitoring North Korean military sites, believing more missile launches were likely.
    Saturday's launches came on July 4, or U.S. Independence Day. The North has a record of timing missile tests for the U.S. national day.
    In 2006, Pyongyang fired a barrage of missiles, including a long-range Taepodong-2 that broke apart and fell into the ocean less than a minute after liftoff. Those launches while Americans were celebrating the Fourth of July holiday also came amid nuclear tensions with the U.S.
    The bigger question is whether the North will attempt a long-range missile launch toward the United States, a move that would directly flout a U.N. sanctions resolution punishing Pyongyang for its May 25 nuclear test.
    Firing a ballistic missile on July 4 would be a snub to Washington, which has been trying to muster international support for a tough enforcement of the U.N. resolution that bans Pyongyang from any further nuclear or ballistic missile tests.
    Despite early speculation fueled by Japanese media and the North Korean warning to shipping, spy satellites have apparently not detected any of the preparations that would normally presage a launch.
    Meanwhile, the chief of U.S. Naval operations, Adm. Gary Roughead, said the American military was ready for any North Korean missile tests.
    "Our ships and forces here are prepared for the tracking of the missiles and observing the activities that are going on," Roughead said after meeting Japanese military officials in Tokyo on Saturday.

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    They launched a few more yesterday too, I believe. Anything they do doesn't surprise me anymore

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    It doesn't matter till they hit someone and war breaks out. Unfortunately till then, they're gonna keep firing them.

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    Kim is so batshit. It must really suck to live in North Korea. And it worries me a little about my buddy who is stationed in South Korea.

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    i think this is gonna get a lot worse before it gets any better. Lets see, northe korea invades south korea, US declares war on NK, china and russia back their ally NK and attack the US or countries friendly to the US, then the US' close allies get into the fray.

    Can anyone say World War III?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chillhouse View Post
    i think this is gonna get a lot worse before it gets any better. Lets see, northe korea invades south korea, US declares war on NK, china and russia back their ally NK and attack the US or countries friendly to the US, then the US' close allies get into the fray.

    Can anyone say World War III?
    There's at least one good thing from that: Wars stimulate the economy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pojo View Post
    There's at least one good thing from that: Wars stimulate the economy.
    Yes, but afterwards there are usually baby booms and the world is already over-populated as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chillhouse View Post
    i think this is gonna get a lot worse before it gets any better. Lets see, northe korea invades south korea, US declares war on NK, china and russia back their ally NK and attack the US or countries friendly to the US, then the US' close allies get into the fray.

    Can anyone say World War III?

    What makes you think Russia wants anything to do with North Korea? Just because the USSR supported the DPRK in 1950 doesn't mean anything anymore. Those countries are so ideologically different now, it'd be like saying England would go in on North Korea's side. And starting a war with the West would be just about the goddamn dumbest thing the PRC could possibly do. You don't declare war on your largest customer.

    This is just another of Kim's "Look at me look at me" plays. He knows that the west will give him food/energy aid to shut him up for a while, and when that runs out, he'll start it all over again.

    And for the record, the missiles they fired this go around are nothing new or special. Yeah, Japan and South Korea should be concerned, but the DPRK has had ballistic missiles that could hit both of those countries for years. And Japan has a system to counter those missiles. This is really the geopolitical equivilant of throwing rocks at your neighbors house.

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    They're just beating on their chests... trying to get attention. I'm not worried.

    I am more concerned about Iran.

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    Even if they actually used these missiles against someone, they basically would be opening up an actual hell upon themselves.

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