And it is as much a tantrum as it is anything else, I'd opine. A want for international attention and a saber rattle to keep the nuke talks on the front burner and the extorted aid flowing in.
The Taepo Dong 2, which allegedly has a wide enough range to reach Alaska, fizzled after lift off, failing to leave the planets atmosphere. It's "satellite" payload now rests with the fishes in the Pacific.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command officials acknowledged today that North Korea launched a Taepo Dong 2 missile at 10:30 p.m. EDT Saturday which passed over the Sea of Japan/East Sea and the nation of Japan.It'd be interesting to know if any recovery efforts (US/Japanese) were possible or planned.
Stage one of the missile fell into the Sea of Japan/East Sea. The remaining stages along with the payload itself landed in the Pacific Ocean.
No object entered orbit and no debris fell on Japan.
NORAD and USNORTHCOM assessed the space launch vehicle as not a threat to North America or Hawaii and took no action in response to this launch.
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