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    Hmmm, since N. Korea has launched FOUR 'test' scuds, what next? I mean REALLY, are we to believe that they WILL attack the U.S. BEFORE, say Japan attacks them? And what of China and Russia? They will probably just sit back and watch right? As I do not live in Alaska, I am not particularly concerned right away, but still, what are we gonna do! the 'BIG ONE' is coming to break up California, Mt St. Helen's is due for another blow, a LARGE, 'Planet killer' type asteroid named (appropriately) Apophis is coming in 2029 and we cannot stop it (yet), it is election season, and I can't find my MOMMY!!!


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US to deploy missile interceptors at Japan base

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TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States will start deploying missile interceptors at a key air force base in Japan from this summer, as part of efforts with Tokyo to deal with the threat of North Korea's missile arsenal, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

The U.S. military will install Patriot Advanced Capability-3 surface-to-air interceptors at its Kadena Air Base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa from September and plans to make them partly operational by the end of the year, the ministry said.

They will be fully operational by the end of March, a ministry official added.

The deployment of the PAC-3s at Kadena -- the largest U.S. air base in the Asia-Pacific -- would be the first at a U.S. facility in Japan.

Japanese officials said while the system was meant to protect the country from North Korea's missiles -- which include hundreds of Rodong missiles that can hit all of Japan -- the timing of the deployment, soon after Pyongyang's test-firing of seven missiles earlier this month, was a coincidence.

Japan and the United States had agreed in May to deploy the PAC-3s at U.S. military facilities in Japan as soon as possible, as part of a realignment of U.S. forces in Japan.

The PAC-3s are the U.S. military's state-of-the-art missile interceptors and are designed to shoot down incoming ballistic missiles at their terminal phase, shortly before they reach their targets, by firing interceptor missiles at them.

But military analysts say the system can cover an area within a radius of up to 10 km, and Japanese officials said the PAC-3s at Kadena will only be able to cover parts of Okinawa.

Separately, Japan plans to equip its own military, the Self-Defence Forces, with PAC-3s, and is set to deploy the first such system at an air base just north of Tokyo by the end of March, officials said.

As part of U.S.-Japan cooperation on missile defense, the U.S. Navy will deploy Shiloh, a cruiser equipped with the Aegis missile tracking and engaging system, at one of its bases in Japan, the officials added.


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 North Korea Says It Conducted Successful Nuclear Weapons Test

 

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Sunday, October 8, 2006; 11:35 PM

 

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea said Monday it has performed its first-ever nuclear weapons test.

 

U.S. and South Korean officials could not immediately confirm the report.

 

The North's official Korean Central News Agency said the underground test was performed successfully and there was no radioactive leakage from the site.

 

South Korean intelligence officials said a seismic wave of magnitude-3.58 had been detected in North Hamkyung province, according to Yonhap. It said the test was conducted at 10:36 a.m. (9:36 p.m. EDT Sunday) in Hwaderi near Kilju city on the northeast coast, citing defense officials.

 

North Korean scientists "successfully conducted an underground nuclear test under secure conditions," the KCNA report said, adding this was "a stirring time when all the people of the country are making a great leap forward in the building of a great prosperous powerful socialist nation."

 

The director of South Korea's monitoring center that is watching for a test with sound and seismic detectors declined to immediately comment on the reported test.

 

"We don't know whether it is a nuclear test or not," an official at the earthquake center at the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources said on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitive nature of the issue.

 

The U.S. Geological Survey said it had detected no seismic activity in North Korea, although it was not clear whether a blast would be strong enough for its sensors.

 

The North said last week it would conduct a test, sparking regional concern and frantic diplomatic efforts aimed at dissuading Pyongyang from such a move. North Korea has long claimed to have nuclear weapons, but had never before performed a known test to prove its arsenal.

 

"The nuclear test is a historic event that brought happiness to our military and people," KCNA said. "The nuclear test will contribute to maintaining peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and surrounding region."

 

On Sunday night, U.S. government officials said a wide range of agencies were looking into the report of the nuclear test, which officials were taking seriously.

 

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has convened a meeting of security advisers over the issue, Yonhap reported, and intelligence over the test has been exchanged between concerned countries.

 

Kyodo News agency reported that the Japanese government has set up a taskforce in response to reports of the test.

 

The North has refused for a year to attend international talks aimed at persuading it to disarm. The country pulled out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in 2003 after U.S. officials accused it of a secret nuclear program, allegedly violating an earlier nuclear pact between Washington and Pyongyang.

 

Speculation over a possible North Korean test arose earlier this year after U.S. and Japanese reports cited suspicious activity at a suspected underground test site.

 


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