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North Korea also wants to launch its own space program, which will not ease international concern regarding the country's ability to launch missiles

As South Korean and U.S. officials believe North Korea is prepared to test fire a long-range missile, North Korean officials have announced the nation is looking forward to developing a space program in the near future.

"The DPRK's policy of advancing to space for peaceful purposes is a justifiable aim that fits the global trend of the times," government officials said in a state-run newspaper.  "There is no power in the world that can stop it.  As long as developing and using space are aimed at peaceful purposes and such efforts contribute to enhancing human beings' happiness, no one in the world can find fault with them."

Despite international concern, North Korea has been involved in space research and development, but hasn't launched its own satellites or rockets into space.  Several nations -- and possibly NASA in the near future -- fuel their space programs through military funding, and there is a concern North Korea would use its satellite launch technology to develop more sophisticated rocket technology for missiles and weapons of war.

During a launch in 1998, North Korea launched a missile that sailed over Japan and splashed into the Pacific Ocean, with government officials saying the missile helped put a satellite into orbit.

Along with a possible entrance into space, North Korea is almost ready to test launch the Taepodong-2 missile, which has an estimated range of 4,100 miles.  Pyongyang would like to test launch the missile to garner international attention, especially from new U.S. President Barack Obama.

North Korea first tried to launch Taepodong-2 in 2006, but the missile failed 40 seconds after launch, U.S. security officials said.

The United States and numerous other western nations have become increasingly concerned by a growing number of nations looking to develop space programs. 

Iran recently launched a satellite into orbit despite international concern its space program could be used for military purposes.

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RE: say wha???
By ekv on 2/9/2009 6:35:44 PM , Rating: 2
Passing over your snide, inflammatory remarks of non-Democrat former presidents...

What makes you think China

would deal with NK itself
China already supports NK financially. Where does the technology for starting a space program come from? Do you not recall Iran just launched a satellite? Is there a connection tween NK and Iran, beyond the mere fact that both are state sponsors of terrorism? Your entire paragraph of analysis here is just ... la-la-land.

Is there really any question about the USA's ability to crush somebody, anybody, militarily? The key of course is "ability". You have no idea, nor does anybody else know anything about what Obama would or would not do. Seriously. I would hope he acts in the best interest of the US. But current events suggest otherwise. He is busy rescuing Chris Dodd and Barney Frank from the Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac debacle. Is Socialism in our best interest? I think not. He is busy placing limits on the USA's ability to conduct defense. He is busy picking diplomats that have accepted contributions from foreign interests [China and Dubai], and hence they have a vested interest in listening to China's wishes, rather than our own.

My point is that miliarily there's no question the USA can respond ... appropriately. There's no question. None. The question is what will happen politically. Does the USA have the will power to respond?

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