Nork rocket could hit Hawaii
What does a hermit kingdom need with a communication satellite? They can't even afford to turn the lights on at night to the extent they have them. They closely restrict communication devices anyway. The satellite scam is just an excuse to test the rockets weapon capability. As a weapon it is still of very limited use. The launch set up is so obvious that it would be pretty easy to take it out before launch if it were part of a war time operation. It seems to be more of a "hey look at me" program that might be leveraged into extorting some more meals for their hungry army.
Admiral Mike Mullen said Friday that a rocket North Korea plans to launch next month has a range that could possibly reach Hawaii.
The top U.S. military officer said that while the rocket did not have a range that could reach the western coast of the U.S. mainland, it could get to Hawaii.
"In some cases, yes, they could probably get down to Hawaii," Mullen told CNN.
Meanwhile, South Korea, the United States and Japan warned that North Korea's planned rocket launch would violate a U.N. resolution and said they would take the issue to the Security Council if the North goes ahead with it, a news report said Saturday.
North Korea says it will send a communications satellite into orbit between April 4 and 8 as part of a peaceful bid to develop its space program.
Choson Sinbo, a pro-North Korean newspaper in Tokyo, acknowledged that rocket technology could be used for military purposes but said the North was pushing ahead with its peaceful use as part of an economic development project.