South Korea Says North Korea Conducted Unsuccessful Missile Launches, US Officials Aware

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Just hours after US military officials warned of a North Korea missile launch, Japanese media is reporting that Japanese officials said North Korea may have launched four missiles from the vicinity of Eastern Motoyama. Kyodo additionally reports that the missile launch may have failed, citing unnamed government officials.


Yonhap news is now reporting that:


North Korea test-fired a salvo of missiles Wednesday, but it ended in failure, South Korea's military said. "South Korea and the United States are aware of the related issue," the defense ministry said in a one-sentence statement.

Bloomberg's Michael McDonough provides this excellent timeline of North Korean events and the South Korean Won...

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As we detailed earlier, on the same day as Kim Jong Un threatens the US with "first-strike' nuclear ICBM and unveils propaganda showing the destruction of American forces, AP reports U.S. military officials expect another North Korean missile launch in the next several days.

Earlier today a Pyongyang envoy stated that North Korea will pursue "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programs. This includes developing a "pre-emptive first strike capability" and an inter-continental ballistic missile, according to Choe Myong Nam, deputy ambassador at the DPRK (North Korean) mission to the United Nations in Geneva.

The latest development follows a previous report also from Reuters, in which it said the Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions as part of a broad review of measures to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile threat. "I think this is stemming from the visit by the Secretary of State (Rex Tillerson) to Japan, South Korea and China...We of course are not afraid of any act like that," Choe told Reuters.

"Even prohibition of the international transactions system, the global financial system, this kind of thing is part of their system that will not frighten us or make any difference." He called existing sanctions "heinous and inhumane".

Choe said his country wants a forum set up to examine the "legality and legitimacy of the sanctions regime" and denounced joint annual military exercises currently being carried out by the United States and South Korea on the divided peninsula and criticized remarks by Tillerson during his talks with regional allies last week.

"All he was talking about is for the United States to take military actions on DPRK (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," Choe said.

Additionally, North Korea rejects claims by Washington and Seoul that the military drills taking place at this moment are defensive. They involve strategic nuclear bombers and a nuclear submarine Columbus that recently entered South Korean ports, he said.

And then, just days after Kim threatened to reduce the US “to ashes” as tensions with North Korea continue to increase, which in turn followed a warning by Tillerson that the US is preparing for a "first strike" against the irrational dictator, while US special forces conduct drills in South Korea to "eliminate" the country's ruler, the Supreme Leader released his latest materpiece of propaganda, showing the USS Carl Vinson nuclear-powered aircraft carrier up in flames.

And now, AP reports that the U.S. military expects another North Korean missile launch in the next several days, American defense officials said Tuesday.

The officials said the U.S. has increased its surveillance over the isolated, communist country and has seen a North Korean missile launcher moving around, as well as construction of VIP seating in the eastern coastal city Wonsan.

The officials, who weren't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the new surveillance includes satellites, drones and other aircraft.

The U.S. officials on Tuesday said it's unclear what type of missile launch may be coming. North Korea previously has conducted tests in Wonsan of its medium-range ballistic Musudan missile.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday described the North Korean threat as "grave and escalating," and a National Security Council official told a nuclear conference that the administration is conducting a high-priority review of North Korea policy.

Christopher Ford, senior director for weapons of mass destruction and nonproliferation on the NSC staff, said reviewers are considering a "full spectrum of possibilities."

"There's this enormously broad continuum, and we are looking at that entire conceptual space," Ford told the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference. He gave no concrete examples, but in an attempt to illustrate his point that the choices run the gamut, he said they range from "warm hamburger" to "war hammers."

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NDXTrader's picture

N. Korea has universal healthcare though?

youarelost's picture

Send all the free shit progressives there to enjoy it along with their food rations

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Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) youarelost Mar 21, 2017 7:30 PM

China must have a new technological edge and is itching for a war.

stizazz's picture

Nah. The US won't face China. The neocons are itching for Iran, backdoor to getting at Russia.

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lexxus (not verified) stizazz Mar 21, 2017 7:38 PM

Iran is allied with Russia.

Syria is allied with Iran

Hezbollah is allied with both.

Russia is allied with all 3.

China is allied with Russia.


So you touch Iran to please the neocons, it goes BOOM.

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techies-r-us (not verified) lexxus Mar 21, 2017 7:41 PM

W Bush: "Dad, what's a neocon?"
HW Bush: "You want names or description?"
W: "Description."
HW: "Israel."

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cue in cue (not verified) techies-r-us Mar 21, 2017 8:08 PM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

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Chris Dakota (not verified) cue in cue Mar 21, 2017 8:21 PM

Excuse me for being clueless but why would tell someone you are going to nuke them a few days before?

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

It seems like Kim Jong Nun wants to show off his NODONG to the world

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Joe Sichs Pach Mar 21, 2017 10:35 PM

Just beat the scientists and engineers harder.  Maybe kill one or two of their children in front of them, leaving one or two as incentive.  Central Planning will get a good missile yet.

BeanusCountus's picture

Way too logical for today's world Chris. Let's go to CNN for an explanation.

land_of_the_few's picture

Because red lorry yellow lorry

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) stizazz Mar 21, 2017 7:52 PM

You are right, and US is the more likely aggressor, but I think we are also getting played by China via North Korea.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Chunky Lee Chong needs to shit or get off the pot. He's looking like he has Nodong at this point.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Secretary of State Tilerson going to Russia and China ... I suspect the North Korean leader is done. 

All that is required is how and when. I believe China will agree. The North Koreans are not crazy and want to improve their situation.

QuantumEasing's picture

Don't worry Kim.

It happens to lots of Dick-taters.

HRClinton's picture

When in Moscow, Tillerson will want to stay at the US Embassy, or bring his own mattress and linen. 

You never know who peed on the bed before.

To be sure, he'll want to have his own maid clean the the room for him. You never know what those FSB maids are up to. 

His Security Detail will also sweep the room for biological and electronic bugs, and hidden webcams. Just hang linen on all walls, to be sure. 

SoDamnMad's picture

Send Maxine Waters so she can accumulate evidence that Putin has invaded North Korea with the intent to march south towards South Korea.

Just her ugly face will stop Putin in his tracks.

Pooper Popper's picture

YU wika braked cat wifa steeengbeans??


Dear Mr. Kim- The playbook is to deny you have WMD and then the terrorists in Washington insist you have them and then you get invaded in due time. If you say you have them, the timetable for the invasion gets moved forward. Silly Kim. 

nevenbridge's picture

Apart from these silly things, a leader going mad it is so unrealistic. This Nord Korea problem stinks. I cannot believe that a leader can be so idiot to scream to the whole world "attack me", there must be something more, something ppl dont know. China, Taiwan, NKorea, SKorea, Japan, Russia, America, this mix sounds like a prelude to hell. America invading NKorea could be a WW3 kickstart. Do you think china and russia would let american armies do what they want on its borders?

The best possible solution to avoid a great conflict is to have russia, china and SKorea solve the problem with a joint force

rejected's picture

The last time Marica invaded NK they ended up with a Chinese fortune cookie up their ass and no cigar.

techpriest's picture

One explanation I've heard is that if you rob a bank, you can either systematically kill every single person in your way, OR you can scream and fire a few shots into the ceiling because everyone will be scared and give you what you want. This has more-or-less been NK's strategy for decades.

However, it seems that if they continue to do this, eventually people will get tired of the robbery, get their guns out, and shoot the robber.

However it turns out, if they ever lose foreign aid the ruling party is toast. They have little in the way of a meaningful economy, and it certainly cannot support what military they have.

Crush the cube's picture

Only legit patsy left for a quick 911 type job, AKA the Sampson option, two pillars and 3000 dead, play it again Sam.

Capitalist With A Razor's picture

"there must be something more, something ppl dont know."


Yeah..or maybe there's people who do know?


Votel is a good catholic boy,who said this is "the golden age" of Spec Ops......... call him up and ask him for a brief @ the KC Hall

rejected's picture

Maybe the model for TrumpCare...

Well, could be!

Giant Meteor's picture

The Boomerang Option,

Where are you Tom Clancy ..

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Takeaction2 (not verified) NDXTrader Mar 21, 2017 9:29 PM

HHAHAHAHAHA....REALLY....An ASIAN MISSLE NAMED "NO-DONG"..........THAT IS THE ONE HE IS GOING TO USE....You can't make this shit up...look at the graphic.

Fidelios Automata's picture

They look like oversized Magic Markers to me.

HRClinton's picture

Failure To Launch is a common phenomenon among men of power.

Especially of those who posture their alleged masculinity publicly and repeatedly. 

It's a standard misdirection, to hide the truth.

BeanusCountus's picture

Sounds like you are describing Hillary's "failure to be able to launch" Bill. Want to revise your theory?

lolmao500's picture

Come on Trump, the NKorean communist party is doing a meeting on April 11 with ALL the elite there.

Send a dozen cruise missiles up their asses, problem solved. The military will quickly fold with no elite to give orders.

WTFRLY's picture

This is the biggest load of pussified bullshit in American debate right now. If US military tech can't stop anything coming out of that shithole, then what is the trillion dollar budget even for? North Korea is a non-issue, or at least it should be.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Apparently only $2T/year will do it.  Then we'll be safe.  Trump's on it.

Capitalist With A Razor's picture


Ole Rummy....He knew what was up!


Might have heard it from his ole pal Bruce Johnson?


Ahhh the good ole days..

Capitalist With A Razor's picture

 DOW this bitch to 35k and Spec Op the lights out with Super Soldier...


War its for dinner.

Lunch too.

LetThemEatRand's picture

We have a little time.  Rodman predicts that bubble boy will wait until after the NCAA finals.

I realize that Trump has a fairly simple equation for deal-making (start out absurd and work your way down), but NK is not a real estate deal and Un is not a banker.  

I woke up's picture

War drums beating louder, where's Colin Powell?

MIC wants war but you can be sure those involved won't be sending their own kids

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Mar 21, 2017 7:23 PM

When your cellphone, interwebs, and car don't start you will know the reason why.

Buckle up folks. It's going to be a bumpy ride. Are you ready?

Make_Mine_A_Double's picture

Norks are a fully owned client state of China. The fat retard doesn't make it to the weekend without the Chicoms propping him up.

This shadow play is produced in Beijing.

cowdiddly's picture

With a missle called No Dong should I be worried?

silverer's picture

Yes. It's camouflaged, so you'll never know what hit you.

Giant Meteor's picture

I would not lose sleep. No Dong, No Show ..

Operator likely blew his finger off during launch .., so there is that ..