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

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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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More from CNN:

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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Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:37 | 2327445 GetZeeGold
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No one remembered to bring a match?

 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:44 | 2327455 The Alarmist
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Kewl! Let's light this candle, Hiroshi.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:49 | 2327465 a growing concern
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Prepare to raunch the missire!

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:51 | 2327467 GetZeeGold
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Hey....stop that....we're really learryous about this!

 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:32 | 2327531 Element
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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!!

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:36 | 2327550 General Decline
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More saber rattling to keep the hapless sheep scared. Gots ta keep the military industrial complex properly funded.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:47 | 2327578 Sudden Debt
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1 sam and it's over. What's the problem?

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 09:40 | 2327704 Element
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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.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:56 | 2327610 krispkritter
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Raunch? Can't we have breakfast first? Oh, forgot, we have no food...

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 12:23 | 2328291 Cpl Hicks
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...3...2...1...BRASTOFF!

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:40 | 2327448 GeneMarchbanks
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Those hats are pretty smug though. They'll cave in last minute on the launch.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:45 | 2327458 GetZeeGold
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Heh heh......those NKs are junking the crap out of us Gene.

 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:50 | 2327468 GeneMarchbanks
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At this point I'm just glad they can work the button ;)

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:26 | 2327529 Taint Boil
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Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:23 | 2327524 The Alarmist
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Don't let the French-looking hat fool you.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:47 | 2327574 knukles
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In the Grande French Tradition of High Style, bet the kepis smell like unwashed pussy.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:40 | 2327450 Banksters
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North Koreans are listening to too much rap music.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:48 | 2327582 knukles
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Tweakers.  Way the fuck too thin.  Tweakers, the lot. 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:53 | 2327476 GetZeeGold
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You'd better take a look at this sir.....it looks like a giant....

 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:42 | 2327453 Silverhog
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What's with the guy reaching inside a hole at the bottom of the rocket? German V2 sites looked safer.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:52 | 2327470 a growing concern
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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.  

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:58 | 2327491 GetZeeGold
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Priorities......kinda like the US. Screw the people.....we now have heathcare we can't afford.

 

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

 

Boom......WINNING!!!!

 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:41 | 2327454 francis_sawyer
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Stop kidding me...

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

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:48 | 2327464 JustObserving
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Bond's too busy chasing Pussy Galore to worry about rockets.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:03 | 2327498 Quinvarius
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If they really want to get us going, they should launch it out of a dormant volcano crater.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:35 | 2327536 Element
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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.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:17 | 2328752 The Disappointed
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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.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:51 | 2327469 Frastric
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North Korean government should spend less time and money on building rockets, and more on feeding its people.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:54 | 2327479 a growing concern
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But feeding people doesn't give one quite the same raging hard-on that endangering regional stability does, does it?

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:40 | 2327558 francis_sawyer
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That's HOW they feed their people...

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

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:26 | 2327474 Monedas
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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 !

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:54 | 2327478 cossack55
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Why waste a rocket on Tokyo when Fuku will settle their hash soon enough.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 12:00 | 2328190 GoinFawr
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... and anywhere else downwind/current.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:22 | 2328774 The Disappointed
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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!

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 07:56 | 2327485 Miss Expectations
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Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:01 | 2327493 Quinvarius
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If those dudes had any oil, we'd be all over them for this assault on our freedoms.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:51 | 2327596 knukles
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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.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:01 | 2327495 whoopsing
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They'll be lucky if that thing makes it over the hills in the backround

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:30 | 2327537 lizzy36
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Exactly.

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.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:49 | 2327502 Monedas
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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 !

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:08 | 2327503 Silverhog
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Maybe it's taking Kim Jong's ashes to Uranus.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:17 | 2327512 tallen
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Quite possibly. I'm hoping they strap Ben Bernanke to it and launch it into the sun.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:29 | 2328807 The Disappointed
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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:35 | 2327548 tarsubil
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Some boys from Colorado are paying the norks 50 bucks to send Willzyx back home to the moon.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 12:26 | 2328313 Cpl Hicks
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Who? Balloon boy and his brother?

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:08 | 2327506 AUD
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I hope it goes well for them. I personally am not afraid of North Koreans.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 09:45 | 2327718 optimator
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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........

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:19 | 2327515 Monedas
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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 !

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:26 | 2327528 EvlTheCat
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DANGER: Light and back away! FLAME WITH LOUD REPORT! Emits showers of sparks. WARNING: Do Not Hold in Hand!

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:32 | 2327541 Monedas
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Melt the rocket and launch tower into tweezers so the Norko kids can pick USDA corn kernels from the pig shit !  Monedas   2012   Comedy Jihad Heartlfelt Humour

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:38 | 2327554 PMakoi
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Seriously?  The Unha 3?  Like Un ha ha ha?  The first two weren't funny enough?  Well, North Korea, keep trying.  And remember when it comes to nuclear annihilation, he who laughs last, laughs best.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:45 | 2327569 Monedas
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I don't know if it's the impending launch or my bellicose musings.....but Au is higher !  Monedas   2012   Comedy Jihad Talking The Metals Higher

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:46 | 2327572 Sudden Debt
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Looks like a bunch of empty oil barrels stacked upon each other with wings on it.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:59 | 2327621 Monedas
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All those angel hair cat walks of the launch tower are curious !  The catwalks enabled them to apply enough plumber's butt crack spackle to blend the barrels in !  Monedas  2012  I haven't felt so alive since the Russians used opiate gas in the ventilation system to overtake those Chechen rebels !

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 09:12 | 2327639 roadhazard
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 There is not a small enough number to represent my caring what N. Korea does.   

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 09:30 | 2327667 Monedas
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Have we really stopped the food aid....as threatened ?  I doubt our own government will level with us ! The MSM language is not that clear on the matter !  I'll bet the food was being delivered before the deal was signed....as a liberal think compassionate enticement !   Monedas  2012   I drive a harder bargain when I tip rest room attendants !

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 09:52 | 2327740 americanspirit
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Great leader's secret rocket fuel - kimchee.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 12:05 | 2328214 GoinFawr
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Before I tried it I thought there could be no such thing as tasty pickled cabbage (sorry Klaus)

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:34 | 2328829 The Disappointed
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Kimchee.

It gives me 'gas' just to think about it.

How desparate would I have to be to eat rotten cabbage?

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 09:57 | 2327752 Bagbalm
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So they have progressed from 1940s tech to 1960s tech. If say they dropped one of their little nukes on Los Angeles it would wreck a neighborhood. It would take a bite out of the LA pizza but hardly destroy it. Can you imagine the response? North Korea would be simply - gone.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:38 | 2328851 The Disappointed
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We know what LA getting nuked looks like.

The movie 'Terminator 2'.

I have nightmares thinking about that scene even now.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 10:10 | 2327799 SIOP
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Dumb irrelevant question:  When do trees leaf out in the sprint time in N. Korea?  The trees in the photos are all leafless.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 10:14 | 2327809 Marginal Call
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Those letters on the side; that's Korean for ACME.

 

I like how the launch structure has viewing platforms wings built built in so they can roast marshmellows at launch.   ril Kim is illin.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 10:33 | 2327870 PR Guy
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That rocket looks so ronery on its own. So ronery. Maybe they should get another one and see if it will mate.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 10:39 | 2327886 Gohn Galt
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Guys don't worry about a thing.  Kim Jong-un is doing me a favor delivering a package to one of my buddies.  Going through customs and checkpoints is too tedious and expensive.  As far as the April 15th date, Korea was founded well before your IRS tax date and Kim takes great offense being compared to that terrorist group.

P Diddy & Kim Jong-il Bomb Bomb Bomb

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UsS_GtajXM

 

 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 10:52 | 2327930 TerraHertz
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"The Pentagon calculates that the missile, or deris from it could fall on <list of countries>. There could be casualties."

Especially if someone hits it with something, just at the right moment. Or even launches another missile, intended to crash into some highly newsworthy location, then says it was the Nth Korean rocket. How would we know?

 

Interesting that the photos and video of the other launch show no liquid fueling hoses or boiloff, and the exhaust smoke clouds are brown. This says that thing is probably solid fueled. Relatively simple tech. Also really small steering fins, for a solid fueled rocket. How does it control flightpath, I wonder?

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 11:32 | 2328062 carbonmutant
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Sometimes things don't go accoring to plan....

http://www.spacebuild.net/s1/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Misfire.jpg

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:41 | 2328866 The Disappointed
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I would not want to be on that submarine.

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