Defiant North Korea Launches Rocket Weeks After Nuclear Test

North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday, just weeks after conducting a fourth nuclear test in the latest setback for international efforts to pressure the Kim Jong Un regime to end its weapons program.

The isolated nation claimed it was successful in putting the “Kwangmyongsong” (shining star) satellite into space, North Korean anchorwoman Ri Chun Hui said on state television, adding that there would be more launches to come. The rocket was fired at around 9:30 a.m. Seoul time and disappeared off the radar after flying almost 800 kilometers south, a South Korean official said.

  • Shebel

    So what is their plan—- are they going to pretend to be Vikings ?
    “Give us Respect and money and we will not launch our rocket”.

  • mobuyus

    Who would really care if we nuked these clowns?

  • canminuteman

    If th photoshopped picture is anything to go by they are full of crap.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    If they are so isolated, where did they get the resources to build nukes and ICBMs? Indeed, how were they able to acquire such a vast arsenal?

    • mobuyus


      • BillyHW

        Jimmy Carter.

      • Xavier

        Iran provides matériel and tactics.

    • Minicapt

      Russia and China … possibly Brunei …


  • David

    Everybody the world over is mad about this and will say mean things about them.

  • Editor

    Maybe somebody versed in international politics can help me on this but I have trouble seeing this as anything more than sabre rattling for internal consumption and glorifying the “supreme leader” or whatever ridiculous title he has picked for himself. The guy studied in Switzerland and has, no doubt, access to all and any news sources he wants. He has to realize any first strike, with the limited number of nukes North Korea has, would bring retaliation, wether nuclear or not, that would turn the country into a pile of rubble. Am I missing something here?

    • Jabberwokk

      Depends. If the rocket were able to travel above the US and detonate a certain distance above them The EMP would be crippling and catastrophic. Last I heard if one off at the right altitude it could disable the eastern seaboard for up to a year. Suppose the US was disabled in such a way from both east and west from Iran and N. Korea The resulting chaos and lack of electrical power could cause the country to devour itself. Lastly if the Hatred of an enemy is strong enough one can be made to be perfectly willing to die so long as they take there foe with them.