Friday, March 27, 2009

The North Korea Missile Launch Discussion Continued

Morality Update: 5:00 PM ESPN Around The Horn

Maybe a little early in the day and on a program watched by kids. Right or wrong?

North Korean Planned Rocket Launch

As discussed yesterday, North Korea is moving ahead with it's plans to launch what they say is merely a rocket designed to put a satellite into orbit. The suspicion is that this will serve as a test for a rocket that would be used to power a long-range missile that would be capable of reaching Alaska. There is also speculation that the launch may actually be used to test the Taepodong-2 missile (the picture below is only a dramatization). To keep the world in suspense the top of the rocket is reported to be covered.


This clearly represents a test of the resolve of the Obama administration in terms of response to the potential provocation, and it appears that we will move on down the rhetoric road which will utilize the U.N. as our mouthpiece. The White House said that any launch would be a violation of a U.N. ban and result in serious consequences. Secretary of State Clinton warned that a violation could keep the talks on hold that would supply North Korea with aid for decommissioning it's nuclear capability. Does the leadership of North Korea care that much about aid that might be of help to the average citizen? I don't know about that.

"We intend to raise this violation of the Security Council resolution, if it goes forward, in the U.N.," Clinton said Wednesday in Mexico City. "This provocative action in violation of the U.N. mandate will not go unnoticed, and there will be consequences." (

I am sure this threat does not have Pyongyang quaking in its boots. This is a rock and a hard place moment for the Obama administration, and the rest of the world will be watching!

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