Nork Launch a Partial Success

5 04 2009

Reports (CNN others) are saying that the second stage of the North Korean Taepodong-2 rocket splashed a few hundred kilometres from where a truly successful launch would have landed, but after the 2006 failure, they’re clearly making progress.

North Korea’s news agency, KCNA, stated that,

… its Kwangmyongsong-2, or “Lodestar-2,” named after the propaganda nickname of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, was in an orbit anywhere from 490 to 1,426 kilometers, or 304 to 886 miles, from the earth, circling once every 104 minutes. KCNA said the satellite was broadcasting “immortal revolutionary paeans” to Mr. Kim and his late father, President Kim Il-sung.

However, NORAD disagrees with that statement:

American military sources said the launch was a failure, claiming that the rocket’s payload failed to enter into orbit.

If the reports of an earlier splash for stage two are correct, it is unlikely the rocket achieved the necessary velocity to enter orbit.

Politico reports that a recent poll shows Americans are apparently fed up with North Korea and it’s missile program and are relatively supportive of using military resources to deal with the situation.  Here’s the main part:

American voters across lines of age, party and gender support a military approach to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, according to a Rasmussen Reports surveyreleased Sunday morning — and conducted in the two days prior to North Korea’s test missile launch on Saturday.

The poll shows that 57 percent of all voters support such a response, while just 15 percent oppose it. A military response is favored by a majority in both parties — 66 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats — and by 57 percent of both men and women.

A majority of respondents, 51 percent, also oppose the U.S. offering economic aid to North Korea in exchange for it agreeing to dismantle its nuclear program.

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