Friday, June 19, 2009

North Korea to Test Launch a Missile on July Fourth?

Signs indicate that North Korea is preparing to test fire a missile on July Fourth. The Taepodong-2 that they are preparing to fire is not believed to have sufficient range (4,000 miles) to reach Hawaii (4,500 miles away), which is the direction we think it will be fired at. They have intentionally launched a missile on America's Independence Day before. That was three years ago, and that missile failed shortly after lifting off. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced increase resources to the region. Without saying it directly, he is likely putting enough assets in the region to shoot down the missile if it becomes necessary; at least attempt to shoot it down. Unlike last time, it appears the X-Band radar will be used to monitor the launch (Berman Post: Sea Based X-Band (SBX) Radar Not Used to Monitor North Korea's Missile Launch).

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