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    Quote Originally Posted by BBC News Asia
    North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, South Korean news sources have reported.

    A previous launch in April failed when the rocket broke up after take-off.

    North Korea says it plans to put a satellite into space, but many countries believe the tests are a cover for weapons development.

    The US and other nations had previously warned the launch would constitute a test of long-range missile technology banned under UN resolutions.

    South Korean television network YTN said the rocket was launched from a site on the west coast of the North.

    The Japanese government, which put its armed forces on alert ahead of the launch, said the missile appears to have passed over Okinawa.

    It said it had not attempted to intercept the rocket.

    The rocket was scheduled to pass between the Korean peninsula and China, with a second stage coming down off the Philippines before launching the satellite into orbit.
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    What does everyone think. Is this something to be worried about? I'm a little anxious that this could be a precursor to a much greater conflict, personally ...

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    Last edited by Green Zubat; 12th December 2012 at 09:48 AM.
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    I say congrats North Korea. I'm willing to congratulate any country that joins the space faring community, it's not an easy thing to do (rocket science and all that).

    As far as the whole ICBM thing goes, the United States has minuteman rockets armed with nuclear weapons that can be launched to any place on the planet at a moment's notice, and I'm pretty sure that's common knowledge in Pyongyang. If I were Korean or Japanese maybe I'd be slightly more worried, but we know that they already had medium range ballistic missiles which could reach those places so I don't really see how this adds to the threat.
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    North Korea's been rambling about war for years, so the international community is right to be on edge. However, as it stands they're a minimal threat at best. Best to keep an eye on them, but I wouldn't worry too much.

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    I'm surprised that they actually succeeded, and I'm even MORE surprised that it actually WAS a satellite launch and not an attack rocket. But we're not sure what KIND of satellite they have put into space, we have no idea if this is just their Sputnik or a spy satellite to spy on America and it's allies, only time will tell what Kim Jong-Un and his cronies have planned...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwocky View Post
    North Korea's been rambling about war for years, so the international community is right to be on edge. However, as it stands they're a minimal threat at best. Best to keep an eye on them, but I wouldn't worry too much.
    North Korea is and has been obsessed with war for over 65 years, there have been people who have compared it to Nazi Germany in the past, alongside it's buddy Iran, both just want "Death to America".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robo-Floatzel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwocky View Post
    North Korea's been rambling about war for years, so the international community is right to be on edge. However, as it stands they're a minimal threat at best. Best to keep an eye on them, but I wouldn't worry too much.
    North Korea is and has been obsessed with war for over 65 years, there have been people who have compared it to Nazi Germany in the past, alongside it's buddy Iran, both just want "Death to America".
    Most of that is just hollow rhetoric, though, to condition the people to hate the West and America in particular. They're not stupid enough to pick a fight anytime soon.

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    Default Re: North Korea launches long-range rocket

    Quote Originally Posted by Robo-Floatzel View Post
    North Korea is and has been obsessed with war for over 65 years, there have been people who have compared it to Nazi Germany in the past, alongside it's buddy Iran, both just want "Death to America".
    Everything has been compared to Nazis though. Nazi comparisons are OU to the point of meaninglessness.
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