More on North Korea

MORE ON NORTH KOREA….Over at Defense Tech, Noah Shachtman is unimpressed with William Perry’s call to destroy North Korea’s missile test site before it can be used to launch a new, long-range ICBM:

The hype kicked into high gear when the New York Times claimed that the Norks “completed fueling a long-range ballistic missile” over the weekend. But the report is getting fishier by the second. The Norks generally rely on a highly corrosive gasoline-kerosene mix for their missile fuel, and an oxidizer containing nitric acid. It’s nasty, metal-eating stuff. And once fueled up, the missile has to be launched quickly ? two or three days, I’ve been told ? or else the missile is basically ruined.

It’s now been four days. And there’s been no launch. Which means it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that a missile has been fueled. So much for Perry’s demand “to strike the [missile] if North Korea refuses to drain the fuel out.”

….Now, what happens if we strike North Korea ? and there’s no missile to hit? What does that do to American standing, then?

The New York Times does not exactly have a great reputation for balance and fact checking when it comes to passing along alarmist information about the axis of evil. Maybe the Koreans have just built a giant paper mache model?

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