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Old 7th May 2017, 15:38
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Somehow I really don't think so.
Authoritarian regimes and flawed social philosophies tend to self-destruct eventually as the rulers get far too full of themselves and make stupid mistakes believing in their infallibilities. The collapses are usually preceded by wars unfortunately.


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Old 7th May 2017, 17:02
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Nope, us Brits did that one!

North Korea threatens to 'reduce White House to ashes' with nuclear strike | Metro News
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Old 8th May 2017, 02:32
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Been there, done that, got the T-shirt?
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Old 11th May 2017, 13:39
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North Korea seeks extraditions of Kim Jong Un assassination plotters
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Old 12th May 2017, 00:08
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However...it seems as if at least this round of the Feculant Un versus Mr. Trump and the evil imperialists (just kidding Yanks!) is at an end.

New leader in South Korea who is well aware that while the U.S. is his most powerful military friend, China is his largest trading partner. Back to the status quo ante it seems. Sunshine policy, joint industrial plant, etc. Perhaps all for the better. Without Mr. Moon Jae-in on board, Mr. Trump's options are a bit more limited.

Mr. Trump can send the swabbies from the Vinson carrier group on to Oz for maneuvers and the Porky Un can go back to inflammatory rhetoric and bomb testing.

To be serious though, it is that bomb testing in pace, yield, and deliverability that seem to be the variables that were not so urgent before.

The next round of rhetorical unpleasantness might not be too far in the future.
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Old 12th May 2017, 01:57
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The next round of rhetorical unpleasantness might not be too far in the future.
true ... if fatwun feels embolden by SK moves, enough to take an action that tips the balance against the US then a non-refundable chip will be played in response without SK having a say until afterwards
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Old 13th May 2017, 22:50
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So, BBC reporting NK firing another ballistic missile.
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Old 14th May 2017, 00:51
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So, BBC reporting NK firing another ballistic missile.
where did it land this time?
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Old 14th May 2017, 02:05
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In the Sea of Japan.

North Korea fires missile: South Korea military | Reuters
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Old 14th May 2017, 02:07
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Early indications are that it flew 800 km ENE, and splashed down 400 km off the east coast in the Japan Sea.
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Old 14th May 2017, 02:59
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I'm guessing NK doesn't issue NOTAMS before launching. Maybe everyone avoids adjacent airspace as much as possible,especially now with the US carrier nearby ?
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Old 14th May 2017, 03:21
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Early indications are that it flew 800 km ENE, and splashed down 400 km off the east coast in the Japan Sea.
Looks like they got one off while the rest of the world was trying to update their locked computers.
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Old 14th May 2017, 05:18
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Good one! Yes, indeed. There is talk now that it was a high one, over 2,000 km, possibly a new type of missile.


Ms Inada on NHK video
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170514_16/


Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the ballistic missile North Korea launched on Sunday may be a new type of missile.

Inada said the missile is estimated to have reached an altitude of more than 2,000 kilometers and that it flew for about 30 minutes.

She said the missile may have been fired on a "lofted" trajectory at a higher vertical angle than normal so that it would not travel far horizontally.

She mentioned that it was the first time for a North Korean missile to hit the 2,000 kilometer mark.

Inada said the launch of the ballistic missile is a serious threat to Japan.
She said the Defense Ministry and the Self Defense Forces will cooperate closely with the United States and South Korea to collect and analyze information to ensure the peace and safety of the country
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Old 14th May 2017, 05:32
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PS Close to Russia!


Maybe they aimed it to splashdown where the Russians can collect the bits before anyone else. Shows confidence in something. Or was this also a warning to Putin not to fall in line with China and the US?
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Old 14th May 2017, 10:15
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I just don't understand why the US navy sitting right underneath didn't shoot it down.
If they couldn't hit that one it doesn't say much for their national defence against Russia.
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Old 14th May 2017, 16:39
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Why on earth would they shoot it down if it was obviously going into the sea ?
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Old 14th May 2017, 16:49
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I just don't understand why the US navy sitting right underneath didn't shoot it down.
If they couldn't hit that one it doesn't say much for their national defence against Russia.
Why show your hand on a bluff? Let the other guy show his hand.
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Old 14th May 2017, 17:08
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Why on earth would they shoot it down if it was obviously going into the sea ?
1. To show that development of their delivery system will not be tolerated.

2. To foil the test, bringing the missile down before they can see whether it will work as intended.
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Old 15th May 2017, 03:41
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3. To prove they have the capability to shoot down missiles.
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Old 15th May 2017, 09:31
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That thing went 2,000km upwards into space.

Isn't there an international agreement that we do not shoot down eachother's spacecraft?
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