I really had no intention of continuing this line of thought today, since by an overwhelming lack of comments and utter silence towards yeterday's blog seems to indicate that it was taken with either a grain of sand, or in good spirits (being recognized, of course, for the impressive bit of reasoning that it was....) But today I read an article which caused me to laugh (mostly at myself), and I thought I would extrapolate a few of the finer key points for you here. For the whole story click here.
Now I know much of this information was available before this morning, so I'm not claiming to be some kind of all-knowing-sage. I just hate it when I think (or write) something, then see it validated within a day of saying (or writing) it.
And if you've got any imagination at all, just consider how the same article is spun in North Korea.
In an article by BURT HERMAN, Associated Press Writer, these statements were released:
Worries over a possible North Korean launch have grown in recent weeks after reports of activity at the country's launch site on its northeastern coast where U.S. officials say a Taepodong-2 missile — believed capable of reaching parts of the United States — is possibly being fueled.
The communist nation has been under a self-imposed moratorium on long-range missile tests since 1999, when its relations with the United States were relatively friendly. However, it has since test-fired short-range missiles many times, including two in March.
The North agreed at the those talks in September to abandon its nuclear program in exchange for security guarantees and aid, but no progress has been made on implementing the accord.
North Korea has issued repeated complaints in recent weeks about alleged U.S. spy flights, including off the coast where the missile test facility is located.
"The U.S. imperialist warmongers have been intensifying military provocations" against the North, the country's official Korean Central News Agency said. "The ceaseless illegal intrusion of the planes has created a grave danger of military conflict in the air above the region."
The North has claimed to have a nuclear weapon, but isn't thought to have an advanced design that could be placed on a warhead. Japanese Senior Vice Foreign Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki backed that belief at the parliamentary hearing.
Japanese police were preparing for a "worst-case scenario," including the possibility that parts of a missile could fall on Japan, said Iwao Uruma, commissioner general of the National Police Agency.
About 1,000 people, including army veterans and activists, staged an anti-North Korea rally in Seoul, condemning the missile threat.
The two Koreas remain technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.