North Korean Rocket Prepped For Take Off - Launchpad Photos And Videos

Tyler Durden's picture

With Iran supposedly sitting down on the bargaining table for one last, soon to be failed, effort at diffusing the nuclear situation, the key geopolitical event this week will be the launch of North Korea's Unha-3 rocket, which the country insists is a peaceful launch, and the satellite contained is for scientific research. Others are not as optimistic, and Japan has already taken precautions to intercept the rocket should it get precariously close to Tokyo. Even China has cautioned against such a launch. The tentative launch window to commemorate the 100th birthday of NK founder Kim Il-Sung is set for April 12-16. So what does the rocket look like? Here it is: up close and personal.

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North Korea insists this is a peaceful launch, the satellite for scientific research. The United States and its allies are more dubious. To much of the world this country, still technically at war, is taking yet another step towards perfecting a long range missile that could strike American cities.


"I'm very disturbed by these claims," the head of the launch site says.


Can you deny it is a missile? I ask.


"Look for yourself," he replies. "Does it look like a missile to you? This is why we invited you here."


True, North Korea has taken an historic step. This is unprecedented access, bringing media from around the world to a highly sensitive site that had been hidden from view. As I step from our train, the launch pad and rocket are clearly visible nestled against a hill in the distance.


Up close, we get the grand tour. Not only taken to the base of the rocket itself, but to the control center and the small satellite North Korea maintains will be fired into orbit.


This is not the first time this reclusive nation has carried out such tests. There was a failed launch in 2006 and another slightly more successful in 2009. Still, analysts say along with its nuclear program, Pyongyang has continued refining its missile technology. A successful launch this time, warn international observers, would show that North Korea could deliver an object anywhere on the planet.


After the death of the so-called Dear Leader, Kim Jong il, last December there were brief flickers of hope his son and successor Kim Jong Un, still under 30, may begin to reform the country. U.S envoys sat down with North Korean officials in Beijing in February and promptly announced a new food aid deal. But this launch has scuttled any optimism.

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GetZeeGold's picture



No one remembered to bring a match?


The Alarmist's picture

Kewl! Let's light this candle, Hiroshi.

a growing concern's picture

Prepare to raunch the missire!

GetZeeGold's picture



Hey....stop that....we're really learryous about this!


Element's picture

ah! skywerke week! ... who hath da biggest wanger!!

Only some are allowed to wave the wanger!

Gots to be in the UN sickurity council ... demz da rulz sNorklez!!

General Decline's picture

More saber rattling to keep the hapless sheep scared. Gots ta keep the military industrial complex properly funded.

Sudden Debt's picture

1 sam and it's over. What's the problem?

Element's picture

A nuke delivered via an acoustically 'low-observable' mini-sub, into a major harbour, via a low-speed ultra-quiet self-navigating nuclear torpedo that can swim and precision navigate for >75 miles, at such low speeds.

See the problem with just shooting down their stuff with SAMs?

You can lose a naval base and a fleet at anchor, plus the whole port.

i.e. a legitimate MILITARY target.

Thus you don't escalate into armed attack on a ballistic missile test from a state who has* deliverable 5 to 10kt nukes.



* unless it's Pakistan. Then it's ok because they'll never respond via using a nuclear-armed sub to destroy a US fleet at anchor, and the surrounding naval base and logistics stores, etc. ... oh ... wait a minute.

krispkritter's picture

Raunch? Can't we have breakfast first? Oh, forgot, we have no food...

GeneMarchbanks's picture

Those hats are pretty smug though. They'll cave in last minute on the launch.

GetZeeGold's picture



Heh heh......those NKs are junking the crap out of us Gene.


GeneMarchbanks's picture

At this point I'm just glad they can work the button ;)

The Alarmist's picture

Don't let the French-looking hat fool you.

knukles's picture

In the Grande French Tradition of High Style, bet the kepis smell like unwashed pussy.

Banksters's picture

North Koreans are listening to too much rap music.

knukles's picture

Tweakers.  Way the fuck too thin.  Tweakers, the lot. 

GetZeeGold's picture



You'd better take a look at this looks like a giant....


Silverhog's picture

What's with the guy reaching inside a hole at the bottom of the rocket? German V2 sites looked safer.

a growing concern's picture

It's amazing that a country that can't even afford food can afford to build this rocket-shaped metal shell and matching faux launch tower.  

GetZeeGold's picture



Priorities......kinda like the US. Screw the people.....we now have heathcare we can't afford.


No time to read it.....just pass it.




francis_sawyer's picture

Stop kidding me...

That's just the set decoration from "Dr. No" & "You Only Live Twice"

JustObserving's picture

Bond's too busy chasing Pussy Galore to worry about rockets.

Quinvarius's picture

If they really want to get us going, they should launch it out of a dormant volcano crater.

Element's picture

Yeah but look at it, NorKland looks like it's already been hit!

Don't thing threat (or actual attackerz) are goings to werkers in dis cases.

The Disappointed's picture

The Castro Theatre in San Francisco is having 3 days of 007 movies this month.

Goldfinger is not amongst the offerings. Lucky I have it on DVD.

Bond electricutes two different people in this movie. I guess we found out what "Her Majesty's Secret Service' is.

Frastric's picture

North Korean government should spend less time and money on building rockets, and more on feeding its people.

a growing concern's picture

But feeding people doesn't give one quite the same raging hard-on that endangering regional stability does, does it?

francis_sawyer's picture

That's HOW they feed their people...

They build rockets & demand 'food' otherwise the clown gets it...

Monedas's picture

Shoot it down !  We have a right to "test" our ABMs !  Doesn't BO Juice have any balls ?  Monedas  2012   Comedy Jihad Condom Tester  PS:  Every Black person who applauded OJ Simpson's acquital has earned "Juice" as their inherit the wind legacy nickname !

cossack55's picture

Why waste a rocket on Tokyo when Fuku will settle their hash soon enough.

GoinFawr's picture

... and anywhere else downwind/current.

The Disappointed's picture

I saw in the newspaper this weekend that they are finding radioactive Iodine in the Kelp of the coast of California. Just in time for the newly reinstated salmon season this year!

Quinvarius's picture

If those dudes had any oil, we'd be all over them for this assault on our freedoms.

knukles's picture

Don't forget the gold, too.
Oil only is a 1/2 invasion, like sanctions and rhetoric.
Oil + gold is doomed Mongol Hoarde Nightmare right from the fucking start.

whoopsing's picture

They'll be lucky if that thing makes it over the hills in the backround

lizzy36's picture


If history is any guide this is likely to be as successful as a couple of 8 year old setting off a couple of homemade rockets.

Monedas's picture

Remember that horrific ammo dump explosion near the Chinese border......we could use another one of those....hint, hint !    There is nothing faux about this rocket nor the murderous Norko aggressions for 60 years which Madeline and Hillary just don't know how to deal with !   Fucking overmedicated liberal cunts !   Monedas   2012   There's only one thing the Norkos understand....let them have it !  Let's take advantage of the world collapse as cover to settle some old scores !

Silverhog's picture

Maybe it's taking Kim Jong's ashes to Uranus.

tallen's picture

Quite possibly. I'm hoping they strap Ben Bernanke to it and launch it into the sun.

The Disappointed's picture

 I'm hoping they strap Ben Bernanke to it and launch it into the sun.

Save room for Blythe!

It kinda looks like the Titanic.






tarsubil's picture

Some boys from Colorado are paying the norks 50 bucks to send Willzyx back home to the moon.

Cpl Hicks's picture

Who? Balloon boy and his brother?

AUD's picture

I hope it goes well for them. I personally am not afraid of North Koreans.

optimator's picture

Nobody in Washington is really worried about this rocket, they're more focused on their own racket.  However, if that rocket ever gets the range to hit Israel........

Monedas's picture

Let's send Jimmy Carter to Pyongyang to build "habititat" for humanity !  Fucking loser !  Where's a MacArthur a Reagan a Maggie !  Show me the button....I'll push it with my dick !  Monedas  2012   One pissed off clown !

EvlTheCat's picture

DANGER: Light and back away! FLAME WITH LOUD REPORT! Emits showers of sparks. WARNING: Do Not Hold in Hand!