US: NKorea launch intended to show missile tech

(AP)—North Korea's plan to fire a satellite into space is really intended to show the world its capability to build missiles, a top U.S. commander said Thursday, as Pyongyang readied the launch of its long-range rocket and the U.S. moved extra ships toward the region.

Pacific forces commander Adm. Samuel Locklear said it was unclear whether has corrected the problems of a failed launch of a similar long-range in April that drew U.N. condemnation. He said such a missile capability would be destabilizing to international security.

North Korea says it has only peaceful intentions. It says the launch will take place between Dec. 10 and Dec. 22.

In Seoul, a South Korean military intelligence official said Wednesday that North Korea has mounted the first and second stages of a three-stage rocket on the Sohae on its northwest coast. South Korean officials couldn't confirm media reports that all three stages of the rocket are in place.

North Korea has a long history of developing ballistic missiles, but in four attempts since 1998 has not successfully completed the launch of a three-stage rocket. It has also conducted two , intensifying concern over how its rocket technology could be used in the future, particularly if it masters how to attach a nuclear warhead to a missile.

Locklear told a Pentagon news conference that North Korea wants to "demonstrate to the world that they have the capacity to be able to build missiles and have the missile technology to be able to use it in ways of their choosing down the road."

"This would be very destabilizing not only to the region, but to the international security environment," he said.

Locklear said the U.S. is moving ships to the region to have the best ""—and to reassure allies.

Two U.S. officials said Wednesday that no more than three or four ships, with ballistic missile defense capabilities, are being repositioned to the Western Pacific. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about ship movements.

In Tokyo, Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella, the commander of American troops in Japan said Thursday that the situation ahead of the planned launch is "very dangerous." He said American troops are working closely with the Japanese to protect the country's citizens and territory, but declined to give details.

The U.S., Japan and South Korea say they'll seek U.N. Security Council action if the launch goes ahead in defiance of existing resolutions. Key to the world body's endorsing any further punishments will be winning the support of China, which is North Korea's main ally and economic partner, and Russia.

The council condemned April's launch and ordered seizure of assets of three North Korean state companies linked to financing, exporting and procuring weapons and missile technology.

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Dec 06, 2012
Here's how the U.S. deals with communist nations.

1, Claim communism is inherently evil.

2, Teach all school children to believe that communism and for that matter any manner of socialism is inherently evil.

3, Impose sanctions on the communist nation with a significant support from international community.

4, Wait several decades, while reinforcing the sanctions and passing new sanctions when needed.

5, Observe that the communist country's economy is struggling/failing, with innocent people starving and suffering permanent forms of malnutrition.

6, Point and say, "Aha! We told you communism doesn't work, evil reds! Look at your people's condition! It's your own fault!"

7, Pass even more sanctions.

8, Repeat from step 5.

Capitalism is an "ism" too.

Lacking wisdom, Isms create schisms.

If the problem is human rights violations, well allow me to point out that democracy and capitalism go hand in hand with human rights violations, especially in the early history of the U.S.A.

Dec 08, 2012
@Lurker2358, Wow!! I couldn't have said it or put it any other way. It really bugs me that the Western public doesn't know the real truth. Until the end of "cold war," they brainwashed their people by force to accept non-Wester systems as evil, while at the same time punishing those who did not accept it. After they were sure that no one will believe in non-western systems, they let have "freedom." There are well documented (voice and video) that no one had freedom in the west until the end of "Cold War."

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