U.S. activates missile defense shield for North Korean missile test

April 3, 2012 NORTH KOREA - The Pentagon recently activated its global missile shield in anticipation of North Korea’s launch of a long-range missile, according to defense officials. The measures include stepped-up electronic monitoring, deployment of missile interceptor ships, and activation of radar networks to areas near the Korean peninsula and western Pacific. Three interceptor ships near Japan and the Philippines, as well as U.S.-based interceptors, are ready to shoot down the North Korean missile if space-, land-, and sea-based sensors determine its flight path is targeted at the United States or U.S. allies, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Obama administration will regard any launch by North Korea as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions regardless of whether the North Koreans claim the rocket test is for space launch purposes, the officials said. The technology and rocketry used for a space launch is nearly identical to that used with ballistic missiles that carry a warhead, they said. Also, because the payload or warhead of the test launch cannot be determined prior to launch, the Obama administration decided to activate the missile defense system. According to U.S. officials, current intelligence assessments indicate the North Korean missile will be launched from a base called Tongchang-ri, located on a west coast peninsula north of Pyongyang between April 12 and April 15. The missile’s first stage could impact in the Yellow Sea near South Korea and the second stage could land east of the Philippines in the Pacific. Satellite images published Monday show preparations for the launch are continuing. Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. April Cunningham would not say if missile defenses were activated for the upcoming test. However, Cunningham said, “North Korea’s announcement that it plans to conduct a long-range missile launch at any time would be in direct violation of its international obligations.” -WFB
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7 Responses to U.S. activates missile defense shield for North Korean missile test

  1. Patty says:

    I certainly hope the “Commander-in-Chief” remains calm during the North Korean test. It would probably be wise of those in charge to not make a mistake because of the advice of panic reports that are not based on facts – like the “WMD” errors in the mideast. Look at where those “facts” have brought us.

  2. yves says:

    They want to go to war and any reason will be a good one

    love Yves

  3. The United States are making the proper precautions in the event-if it should happen and pray that it doesnt and they back down.

  4. Teddy says:

    The problem is if the “rocket” fails to reach its destination(space) and change its course back(God knows where).

  5. SwagBucks says:

    This doesn’t sound good for South Koreans and Filipinos… tsk.

  6. pink says:

    South Korea,US and Japan all have their defenses, but what about the Philippines? Just because we’re not as strong as the mentioned countries that’s why it’s that easy to target us?And how about the sea living creatures in case it will really hit the sea, a lot of people depend on it for their living. If they really want to launch it just to celebrate the anniversary, there sure is a million ways to do so and that excludes a missile launch,

  7. noel says:

    Every course of action you will do today will always have to face the consequencess of our future generations.

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