North Korea’s Embarrassing Provocation


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North Korea launched its Unha-3 missile yesterday in defiance of its neighbors and the U.S., but it didn’t go as planned. The missile broke apart only minutes after takeoff. Now, Kim Jong-Un must do something to save face, guaranteeing that he won’t back down from carrying out a third nuclear test in the coming days.

North Korea’s adversaries loudly protested the planned missile launch. The regime claimed it was innocently launching a satellite, but the technology is almost exactly the same as what is needed for a long-range ballistic missile. It was obvious that North Korea was testing its ability to strike as far away as the continental U.S. and Australia. Japan and South Korea threatened to shoot it down if it entered their airspaces. The regime proudly granted the worldwide media permission to come see the rocket, prompting the U.S. government to caution journalists that they could be feeding into its propaganda.

The U.S. warned that it would torpedo a deal struck on February 29 where the North Koreans would permit inspections of its nuclear facilities, end its nuclear weapons programs and stop testing missiles. In return, the U.S. would provide 240,000 metric tons of food desperately needed by the starving population. American officials assured the public that the delivery would be tightly monitored to make sure that the aid wasn’t diverted to the regime.

Kim Jong-Un decided to go back on the deal and spend $800 million on this failed rocket launch; money that could have been spent on 2.5 million tons of corn and 1.4 million tons of rice. North Korean engineers are digging an underground tunnel in preparation for a nuclear weapons test, spending even more money that could save its people. The regime is also spending $50 million on an amusement park and $140 million on upgrading 3,000 apartments used by government officials. Meanwhile, according to the U.N. World Food Program, about 16 of 24 million North Koreans rely on foreign food aid for survival and one-third of the children suffer from chronic malnourishment.

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  • Acton

    This failed test is the perfect opportunity for the US to obliterate the launch facility. Let young Mr. Un know that he too can be blown up in a heartbeat.

    • KarshiKhanabad

      A lot of North Korean rocket scientists and all their family members are currently hanging by their thumbs.

  • kafir4life

    Kim Jong-Un reminds me in so many ways of Barrack Obama. Un's a bit chunkier, and Barrack has a bit less personality.

    • Amused

      dumber-4life

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        Are you upset he didn't mention 'smaller ears'?

  • mlcblog

    Many of us pray that our enemy's weapons will disintegrate in midair, miss their targets, and generally be ineffective. This is a good start. Let it pertain to the Iranian and Syrian weapons as well.

  • Steve Chavez

    WE SHOT IT DOWN WITH A LASER! Every missile that North Korea has sent up has been shot down with a ship based or our Airborne laser but unfortunately, Obama ended the Airborne Laser program.

    Then we send SUB's to find the missile.

    Russia, China, Iran, and all our allies also know this which is a warning to all. After 25 years of the development of this weapon, don't you think there would be testing and what better test than on a real target? At White Sands Missile Range, a laser embedded in a mountain has been used.

    THANK YOU RONALD RAYGUN. The day he died, the Airborne Laser was flying over Albuquerque. It can't be mistaken for any other aircraft since it looks like a beluga whale. So now a promising weapon has been mothballed. Los Alamos has lost billions in funding and losing 800 jobs. "Saved and created?" No more Shuttle which leaves us dependent on OBAMA'S COUNTRY THAT HE LOVES MORE THAN HIS OWN: RUSSIA!!!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Obama is clearly determined to force our culture into decline.

  • Chezwick

    In a sane world, the so-called "international community" would mobilize to remove this bizarre, criminal, Orwellian clique that currently occupies power in Pyongyang. Instead, the regime is molly-coddled and perpetuated in power so it can continue starving and oppressing its people and proliferating missile technology and nuclear power to other rogue states.

  • richard handwerk

    first of all every several years they perform this extortion, & the u.s. happily hands over millions, or billions of $. this is no different. secondly, we can never monitor, and direct where the aid goes to. it goes to the military, and the upper echelon. (period)!!!

    • wsk

      Absolutley correct. It's been true everywhere in the world. We and the UN provide money and food for the poor and the governements sell it and buy arms (usually Russian or Chinese made). Remember Live Aid? Most of the funds never reached the starving in Eithiopia.

      • Toa

        As I remember, the donations were sunk into refurbishing the palace in Addis Ababba. And, with almost no exception, the "We Are The World" tools couldn't have cared less.

    • johnnywoods

      I like to refer to the NK military and the civilian government workers as the "Pyongyang whores".

  • wsk

    What amazes me is that people like Mike Church ( does anyone actually listen to him?), doesn't think that North Korea and Iran pose a threat to the West. ( I accidentally listened to him on Sirius this a.m.)

    • Looking4Sanity

      Mike Church? What about Ron Paul?!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Mr. Un-cool will continue his fathers games and the people of North Korea will suffer deprivation without
    end, that is until Obama leading from behind does something wonderful, maybe move there with the
    Clintons……………………………………………………..William

  • SassyFrasse

    Most expensive damned sparkler in North Korean histoire…

    ……..moreover,

    Has anyone ever noticed; – There is only ONE FAT North Korean?

  • Amused

    …now imagine what that threatened" nuclear bomb test " might do …..there's a good possibility we might not have to do anything with N.Korea …..except sweep up the pieces .

  • Amused

    Every one bitches about N.Korea , when in reality , it's China that keeps it afloat . Yet American buisinesses keep on running there FIRST when they have a product to be made dirt cheap , and we keep on buying them .

    • mrbean

      US manufacturers have moved alot of their manufacturing overseas to the Orient, Central America, and Mexico because if unions, high corporate taxes, end of year inventory taxes, employee benefits costs, and daily operations costs. The electronics industry does almost all of their IC manufacturing out of country and most do only the final assembly in the US to avoid tariffs. GM and Chrysler are kept afloat by the government but still show massive losses, and the average US and State government employee makes twice what the average private industry worker makes. First and foremost the Chinese are mediocre originators but are very good copiers and duplicators. China does not recognize either copyrights or patents. The best example is that they have stolen 100's of millions of dollars worth of software (including updates) from Microsoft and Oracle by duplicating and distributing. They produce knockoffs and copies of everything from Callaway golf clubs to Coach purses. GE has moved their X-ray manufacturing to China as has Apple for their iPODs.
      China keeps it's currency articficially low so products are cheap, and we keep printing money and running up the debt and borrowing from China through bond purchases.

  • Amused

    Everyone complains about N.Korea , when in reality , it';s China essentially that keeps it afloat . Yet American buisinesses run there FIRST to have their products made dirt cheap , and we keep buying them .

    • Toa

      Spot-on, Amused- couldn't agree more.

    • mrbean

      As to your first part. It is true that China keeps the NK Coms afloat, but the Chicoms do not do it for humanitarian reasons. The Chicoms want North Korea as a irritant thorn in the side of the US, South Korea, and Japan, and as the base of operations for printing of counterfeit US currency in the 100's of millions (as new $100 Benjamins but not the latest versions) that are laundered through the Bank Of Bjeung and distributed world wide. The real aid to the North Koreans is military hardware, weapons and munitions, and MIG 29s. The North Koreans have 1.5 million active duty military and two million in reserve. What food is given by China is just to keep the North Korean refugees in North Korea. The North Korean- China border is double-fenced, mined, and heavily guarded to make sure of this. Part two response below.

    • Misfit

      YOU ARE RIGHT!!! THIS IS IT!! The chinese are laughting at us, they keep us in constant proxy (headaches) with North Korea. Without the Chinese, the North Koreans would not be able to do anything but they are given the green light in everyturn and we are stupid to offer concessions, money, aid, suppot etc etc. With this administration we lost it!!

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  • Schlomotion

    I hope closed countries like North Korea and Israel continue to embarrass themselves with failed attempts at saber rattling and weirdo nuclear debacles.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Israel makes sure it's people eat.

      • Schlomotion

        Cannibalism is offensive to most civilized people.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          And I don't recall any reports of it happening in Israel.
          So, what is your point beyond that you are against Israel and the right of Jews to survive?

          • Schlomotion

            I am not against Israel at all. I think it would make a fine country.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            How big of you, and where would you put it exactly?

          • Schlomotion

            In the same place, just acting less belligerently.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            As in less insistent on surviving?

          • Schlomotion

            Less insistent on surviving on foreign land, foreign capital, and foreign approval, sure.

          • Rifleman

            I can agree with the foreign approval, who cares what the world thinks, when you're right? The rest makes no sense. Israel hasn't even reclaimed it's ancient borders, and there's nothing wrong with using foreign capital.

          • Schlomotion

            Why is Israel entitled to reclaim its ancient borders? It's not the same Israel.

          • Rifleman

            Why not, if they go about it legally? And what does it matter anyway when Israel has never tried surviving on foreign land?

        • UCSPanther

          You reading blood libels again, peasant?

    • SoCalMike

      Juxtaposing Israel with North Korea is factual diarrhea.
      But we live in the Age of the Idiot so people aren't concerned that their ideas bear any relation to reality.

      • Schlomotion

        Israel is to the United States as North Korea is to China. Both are client states. Both are belligerent in the region. Both are tiny countries trying to get nuclear supremacy in the region. Both are closed societies. Both have a vicious territorial claim on their immediate neighbors who for the most part look just like them. Both prohibit free travel to their countries. Both declare people who say things they dislike to be enemies of the state. Both are paramilitarized and have guards running around civilian areas with machine guns. Both have a great wall and a DMZ. Both have spies in the US. Both consume far too much of America's attention.

    • Looking4Sanity

      You truly are a moron. You know that, don't you?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        He knows it.
        Now move on the key question, does he care?

        • Looking4Sanity

          It's frustrating to realize that our country is dying because of the terminal stupidity of people like that.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Sigh….

            Yes.

          • Schlomotion

            I thought our country was dying because the US is repeating all the mistakes of the Soviet Union while devaluing its currency and undermining basic American freedoms on behalf of large business monopolies.

          • Looking4Sanity

            No. We are dying because people like yourself refuse to respect what our Founders referred to as our "natural rights", and because people like yourself want to confer upon themselves "rights" which do not exist under Natural Law.

            Our Constitution was crafted to protect individual liberty and people like you are doing everything they can to destroy it because they want what they are not entitled to.

            In short: You have placed yourself in a State of War with Society. Your bigoted declarations are in fact a Declaration of Insurrection against Society. According to the theory of John Locke and our Founders, we are well within our Natural Rights to do whatever is necessary to end your insurrectionist behavior.

            If you cannot countenance living in a world with Jews, I suggest you consider leaving this world. It would be better for everyone concerned.

          • Schlomotion

            You don't even know what you are talking about. Nothing you have said has any factual basis. You accused me of not being a supporter of natural rights. You accused me of not being a Constitutionalist. You claim that I am against "Society." You falsely accuse me of being an insurrectionist. And you blatantly and falsely accuse me of wanting to eradicate Jews.

            You really ought to try to speak to the actual person you are talking at, because none of your claims apply to me.

          • Looking4Sanity

            “Liar, liar, pants on fire”? That's your defense?Why don't you just admit you have no idea what any of that means and then go educate yourself. Perhaps then you'll learn what a miserable human being you are and be motivated to change.

          • Schlomotion

            Yes. You are lying. What you said was perfectly intelligible and equally inapplicable.

          • Looking4Sanity

            We agree that it was perfectly intelligible. I'm not surprised in the least that you find it disagreeable. Traitors never want to be pointed out.

          • Schlomotion

            If traitors existed, pointing them out isn't really doing anything.

    • Ghostwriter

      Well,once again,Schlockmotion revealed his own stupidity to the world. Israel isn't threatening anybody with obliteration. In fact,places like Iran want to obliterate IT!!!! Israel isn't starving it's own people like North Korea does. In fact,what the heck does Israel have to do with North Korea?! Nothing! Only in the depraved imagination of someone like Schlobrain is there any commonality between Israel and North Korea.

      • Schlomotion

        Israel leads sneak attacks and preemptive strikes against its neighbors.
        Israel was trying to build an attack base against Iran in Azerbaijan.
        Israel has been trying to undermine Syria since Eli Cohen in 1965.
        Israel launched attacks on Lebanese civilians, civilian infrastructure and airports.
        Israel orders Palestinians to take shelter in houses and then shells the houses.
        Israel murders international peacekeepers.
        Israel tried to ethically cleanse people and drive them into Jordan.
        Israel is trying to take down the government of Turkey.
        Israel threatens the region with 300 nuclear warheads.
        Israel is starving people that it intends to drive out of the West Bank.
        Israel pumps weapons into Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Costa Rica.
        Israel is responsible for the creation of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) gang.
        Israel operates bribery and intelligence groups in the US that are hostile to US interests.

        • Ghostwriter

          "Israel is responsible for the creation of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) gang."

          What proof do you have of this or any of your vapid claims? Or is it more of your anti-semitic nonsense?

          • Schlomotion

            Sure. That's easy.

            Mara Salvatrucha is named after La Mara, a street in San Salvador, and the Salvatrucha guerrillas who fought in the Salvadoran Civil War.

            The El Mozote Massacre took place in and around the village of El Mozote, in Morazán department, El Salvador, on December 11, 1981, when Salvadoran armed forces killed at least 200 and up to 1000 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the Salvadoran Civil War. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Mozote_massacre

            "From its earliest attempts to establish itself as an arms exporter, Israel had enjoyed the patronage of the military of El Salvador [...] During the Israeli siege of Beirut in 1982, Ochoa proffered an "Israeli solution" for Central America: a combined assault by El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and the anti-Nicaragua contras against Nicaragua.
            http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Middle_East/Isr

            Sigifredo Ochoa "credits his training in Israel and by Israeli advisers in El Salvador in the mid-1970s for his military development. His personal rifle is the Israeli Galil." – The Israeli Connection: Who Israel Arms and Why by Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi

    • Walt

      Israel is a closed country?

    • BS77

      Oh Freak Off you idiot……we're sick of hearing your stupid remarks. You don't know anything…bird brain.

      • BS77

        That's Shlomotion…..another wind bag without a clue

  • Alex Kovnat

    There is no question in my mind that North Korea is the most disfunctional, perverse, rotten regime on earth. I would rather not get into the question of whether NK is worse than Third Reich Germany or any other past regime. But as far as any other government on earth that is currently extant, I can't think of any more utterly devoid of shame, more utterly devoid of the least speck of decency, than North Korea. The most important question facing us is not so much how to convince them to give up nuclear weapons, but how to convince them to phase out the Kim family and become at least no worse than China.

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    • Looking4Sanity

      You sound like a pimp!

    • BS77

      Hey Babyanng….don't go away mad….just go away. take a long walk on a short pier.

  • mlcblog

    Dear Site Administrator,

    You might want to block babyanng.

    • Beth

      I agree.

  • mlcblog

    At last! Today I heard that the US was not going to ship whatever food was involved in the recent agreement in light of the launching of this missile.

  • Jimi Belton

    You—I —- cannot believe a word from this bunch of lying low lifes in DC….Lying Scum…./….ALL

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    Youssef

  • BS77

    Simply put, when the people of North Korea are ready, they will revolt against this horrible Communist slave dictatorship ….North Korea is a hideous gulag. Millions have starved or died from cold and disease….but the world just shrugs. Sometimes you have to fight to be free….Tom Petty.

  • Sethbullock

    Please, people, ignore schlomotion and other trollers. "Don't feed the bears!"

  • http://www.colorcodehex.com/ HexColor

    Folks. You need to undestannd that the troublemaker is not N. Korea. It's China.

    • Looking4Sanity

      You should understand that it is BOTH of them. Why are you so eager to give the NorK's a pass?

  • Looking4Sanity

    This is the perfect example of why you don't let fat little morons play with things that go "BOOM".