|N Korea Prepares more Rocket Launches|
|by Tom McGregor||Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 11:45 PM|
Realizing President Barack Obama will not retaliate against Pyongyang under most circumstances, North Korea is preparing to launch more missiles, but fears are growing that an errant rocket might accidentally strike South Korea, Japan, Taiwan or the Philippines, since NK missile technology is “highly unreliable,” according to confidential military experts.
Yonhap news agency reports that, “recent progress in the construction of new facilities and a general increase in activity at North Korea’s Musudan-ri launch site may be an indication that the belligerent nation might launch another rocket following the detonation of its third nuclear device, a Web site specializing in North Korean affairs said Friday.”
The Website claimed that satellite imagery of the location had confirmed that measures have been underway to “possibly modify it in preparation for an upcoming test of a liquid-fueled rocket.”
According to Yonhap, “for the upcoming test, the country may launch a KN-08 long-range missile or another version of the Unha rocket, which the country launched in December last year, the Web site said, citing media speculations.”
The Iranian government has provided Pyongyang with technical assistance on a flame trench to protect large rockets from gas exhaust at the North’s launch pad, which appears similar to the covering utilized at a new launch pad at the Semnan Launch Complex in Iran.
In all likelihood, Pyongyang may launch a rocket at 3 am Washington D.C.-time, since Obama prefers not to answer emergency phone calls while he is sleeping.
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