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Korea Tensions Lead To Delay Of Minuteman III Test Flight 256

Posted by timothy
from the austin-looks-around-nervously dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. plans on delaying 'the test of the Minuteman III intercontinental missile' that was scheduled for launching next week out of the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The reported reason is to prevent 'misperception or miscalculation' by North Korea. North Korea has warned foreign diplomats that 'they could not guarantee their safety from next Wednesday' onwards, but the warning has not caused any plans for evacuation of any embassies so far."
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Korea Tensions Lead To Delay Of Minuteman III Test Flight

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  • by etash (1907284) on Sunday April 07, 2013 @07:23AM (#43383391)
    kim jong un, the son of kim jong il who lately became known as kim jong ded, was recruited by the CIA during his switzerland university years and is acting together with the US to bring down the regime by triggering some sort of crisis.
    • by MrL0G1C (867445)

      If this were true, there would be no reason for Kim to trust the CIA, if the regime falls, they'd deny all knowledge / feed him to the wolves.

      • by etash (1907284)
        yes, because in a country of 24+ million it is impossible to find a body double, or someone who looks enough like him and throw the poor impostor to the wolves
        • by PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) on Sunday April 07, 2013 @08:17AM (#43383519)

          yes, because in a country of 24+ million it is impossible to find a body double

          Kim Jong Un is a fat boy. Fat folks are in short supply in North Korea.

          • by etash (1907284)
            now i must admit that was a valid point!
            • by MightyYar (622222)

              Even now, Lockheed scientists are working full 8-hour days in a crash plan to develop a fat-seeking missile.

              Their testing is slowed by the need to find a test site well away from a Wal-Mart.

          • by hairyfeet (841228)

            If he can get enough food to feed his fat face i have no doubt he'd be able to get enough to feed his double.

            There is actually a lot of precedent for this, from Saddam which supposedly had no less than 4 doubles he'd use to make "appearances" in places that weren't strictly Baathist all the way back to Hitler whose use of a double was well known enough the Soviets had their soldiers scour the German countryside to find Hitler's dentist just to make sure the body they found was his and not the double.

          • by Type44Q (1233630)

            Fat folks are in short supply in North Korea.

            But are they in... high demand? :p

  • They are just saving it up for a real target, which could up come pretty soon. Those things aren't cheap.

  • Opportunity Cost (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sociocapitalist (2471722) on Sunday April 07, 2013 @09:07AM (#43383653)

    You have to ask yourself...what is the cost of not going to war against North Korea now.

    Do you want to wait to be certain that he has not only nuclear capability and also medium range missile capability but the ability to launch medium range missiles with nuclear warheads (which may not currently be the case) ?

    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      You are starting to understand how they feel about you. That is the real problem here. They can't just abandon their long range nuclear weapons programme because it is the only thing protecting them. They have to play this dangerous game.

      I don't know what the solution is. I know what it isn't though: military intervention.

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        You are starting to understand how they feel about you. That is the real problem here. They can't just abandon their long range nuclear weapons programme because it is the only thing protecting them. They have to play this dangerous game.

        I don't know what the solution is. I know what it isn't though: military intervention.

        Just. Plain. Stupid.

        Being obnoxious but someplace nobody much cares about was the only safety NK ever had. Being obnoxious and waving around nukes will get people, even their nominal protector, China, thinking hard about how to flatten them before they do something unfortunate.

    • by TubeSteak (669689)

      On the other side of the scale is an extremely weighty counter-question:
      Can the USA afford another ground invasion and the regime change + nation building that would follow?

      The answer to that is unequivocally "No"

    • by BrendaEM (871664)

      It's a good question, but I feel it's an odd one for a Slashdotter to have posted.

      1.) The United States is a part of an international community that would look down upon us for taking aggressive and provocative measures, even toward a nutcase.
      (Is he a nutcase if he becomes a hero to his people by standing up to the US? There is a reason why he is doing what he is doing.)

      2.) North Korea and China are allies, at this point, and it would be prudent to make sure that is not the case if the US must take action.

      U

  • though they have "upgraded" bits and pieces of the originals over the years. Have to wonder whether it would have been cheaper to deploy a newer missile than continue to fuck around with retrofits (and for another 20 years based on current plans).

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Some things work to the point where if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The orignal designs are near-optimal for the intended role, and what few updates there are tend to be minor improvements. For instance the B-52s are another weapons platform that has been kept going for years longer than expected, and the A-10 may also end up extended as there's no good replacement able to do its job.

      As for the missiles, solid fuel missiles don't have much in the way of moving parts. The missiles should be reliable provide

  • by Tastecicles (1153671) on Sunday April 07, 2013 @09:40AM (#43383743)

    "Kim..."
    "WHAT?"
    "Eat your Snickers."
    "WHY!?"
    "'Cos you turn into a right megalomaniac when you're hungry." ::CHOMP!::
    "...Better?"
    "Oppa Gangnam Syle!"

  • It makes fiscal sense not to provoke the DPRK. the US is essentially bankrupt and can't be spending money to occupy a third country (Afghanistan, Iraq and DPRK). Personally, I'd like to see the US slide further down the economic slippery slope (hello from Germany) but it really doesn't make long-term fiscal sense ... not that it has ever stopped the US before.
  • No, seriously, they are still open for tourism. These guys are throwing a fit like a 6 year old wanting McDonald's over broccoli for dinner.

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