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N Korean rocket to adopt 'safe' flight path, scientist says

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This sounds unusually reasonable, as if they are taking international opinion more seriously than before.

I say go for it.

Up to now they just did whatever they pleased.

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sure, i'll trust a north korean scientist totally, they are so famous for being so scientific! from that country you can believe nothing, as long as it is controlled by the a monster dictator.

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Keep the bl**dy thing away from the No.4 spent fuel pool.

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Nothing safe about NK

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no path is safe if you look around your neighbors :)

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The map above shows they are firing it south between the Korean peninsula and China. If China is happy with that, why not?

One day we will need to give NK credit where credit is due. Carrot & stick. (The timing is not so clever though.)

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Wouldn`t putting a satellite precisely into orbit mean pretty much shooting it straight up? Shooting in the direction of something is called a missile. And for a country who has no contact with the outside world, they need a satellite for....? Precisely.

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See? The N Koreans are much more considerate of Japan's safety compared to the U.S. which continues to fly aircraft dangerously close to Japanese schools, etc.

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The disgusting regime who control this country would be better off spending their money and resources on something their millions of peasants really need...like food.

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I think it would be safer for the DPRK to test it over China, since China is 100% behind the dictators in Pyongyang, right??

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Why do they need to show off something everybody knows already?

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i guess food is not necessary for a strong state

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The new flight orbit showcased the country’s advancing “technological prowess” and “economic power”,

That needs food and energy aid to survive. Sure.

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I don't think anyone will be happy until we blow ourselves up! Why would NK try to appease anyone now? And what is really on the head of the rocket?

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"Safe" flight path, eh? That would require it to have a relatively successful launch, and NK doesn't have a history of that yet. Of course, they have been chiming to their own citizens the "success" of their last "satellite" launch, the one that is supposedly beaming continuous loops of songs praising the late troll dictator to the world. How it's doing that from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean is the detail being ommitted, though...

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Scientist my butt, he's just a drone in the propaganda machine. Until I see an unbiased study then I'll believe them.

Hoping it actually hits a Chinese city so the Chinese have no excuse to not act.

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@Pump24Mar. 17, 2012 - 07:11PM JST

And for a country who has no contact with the outside world, they need a satellite for....? Precisely.

NK contact with Iran Siriya and with all counties that not under USA.

Why Japan, SK, China are need satellite?

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NK contact with Iran Siriya and with all counties that not under USA. Why Japan, SK, China are need satellite?

Yes, obviously Russia and China tried hard to protect the Syrian dictator and his happy people from the evil of American-style democracy. Nothing to do with own self-interests, of course. I think Japan and South Korea want satellites for various kinds of information for their citizens and China wants information for its army and government. Russia wants a satellite for Putin's TV.

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oh yeah lets believe the scientist!

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@billyshearsMar. 18, 2012 - 02:41PM JST

Yes, obviously Russia and China tried hard to protect the Syrian dictator and his happy people from the evil of American-style democracy.

We was help to many countries in the world.

I think Japan and South Korea want satellites for various kinds of information for their citizens and China wants information for its army and government.

Are you sure that Japan, SK, China not need satellites for own military power? I suppose that NK are need simple rocket and simple a-bomb in such regional power balance. Also exist historical fact: Choson was build 'Shin ge jeon' 500 year ago. That is more early analog russian Katusha. NK can not lose historical relation.

Russia wants a satellite for Putin's TV.

GLONASS too. That is russian more freedom more precision GPS analog.

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We was help to many countries in the world.

Russia spent £470m on foreign aid last year, the lowest of all the G8 nations

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Here you are, BessonovYan...educate yourself about your ignorance of the US (before the mods take this down).

http://russia.usaid.gov/about/faq/http://russia.usaid.gov/about/faq/

During the past 15 years, USAID has provided $2.6 billion dollars in support of social and economic projects to improve the lives of the Russian people.

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Huh! Beware of NK..... they are sneaky and tricky and don't think normal. How about stopping any aid to NK UNTIL they willl follow what the UN ask of them. I know China is helping them big time. So stopped giving aid.

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It's is a step in the right direction for NK to start giving consideration to their neighbors by thoughtful communication, especially Japan. Honestly i believe this is a step in the right direction. And my hat goes off to Kim Jong-un.

But what i cannot understand is how a country can sacrifice the welfare of their own people in order to support a space program. If they didn't invest so much in this space program, maybe they could find a way to support their people. This completely boggles my mind.

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@billyshearsMar. 18, 2012 - 07:38PM JST

Russia spent £470m on foreign aid last year, the lowest of all the G8 nations

200 year ago we was help to USA. Some year ago we was help to China. and many, many others... who forget about it...

@billyshearsMar. 18, 2012 - 07:47PM JST That is false. USA always destruct of Russian economy. They never doing something goods for us.

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@lukaiMar. 18, 2012 - 10:28PM JST

NK need new hi-tech for own little military world market. They have R&D for different rocket and sell it to Iran and some others.

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DPRK is doing this for advertising and military sales. Possibly even future space technology. They have an alternative target market to the West.

The question must be how much of a business rival do they propose to become for a) the West, and perhaps more importantly b) Russia and China?

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@billyshearsMar. 18, 2012 - 07:47PM JST That is false. USA always destruct of Russian economy. They never doing something goods for us.

Looks like some Russians don't like the truth or they are not used to having access to it! http://russia.usaid.gov/about/faq/http://russia.usaid.gov/about/faq/ And don't forget: the Soviet Union was like a cancer on Eastern Europe from 1945 to 1990. Nowadays their oil robber barons like to spend a lot of their ill-gotten gains on soccer teams (more than Russia spends on foreign aid) and the Russian KGB has kindly bestowed the Russian mafia on the world.

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BessonovYan, The Americans in 1991 alone sent 800 millions of aid to Russia. America sent massive aid in the 1920s and saved 10 million people from starvation. Anyhow my guess is the North does not consider this a missile test but a satellite launch. American blew it in the wording.

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@billyshearsMar. 19, 2012 - 03:46AM JST

Your reference is false information. I know truth. I was born and live in Russia.

@YuriOtaniMar. 19, 2012 - 03:52AM JST

BessonovYan, The Americans in 1991 alone sent 800 millions of aid to Russia.

That is false. We got only expensive credits.

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BessonovYan, we should of let Russia starve. In may of 1992 food was airlifted into dozens of Russian cities. Then there was the aid to Russia from Japan. How old were you in 92? I wonder if Russia is providing technician aid to the North Koreans? If Russia was a "friend" to the North Koreans they would place their satellite in orbit for them.

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@YuriOtaniMar. 19, 2012 - 05:25AM JST

In may of 1992 food was airlifted into dozens of Russian cities.

Thank you very much! Sorry, but I have not information about it. Russia buy many low quality products by use expensive credits from west.

How old were you in 92?

13

I wonder if Russia is providing technician aid to the North Koreans?

I don't know but i sure that no. Because we have not infinite resources and FED ))) We gave much help to NK. So that exists same limit of that.

If Russia was a "friend" to the North Koreans they would place their satellite in orbit for them.

No problem, but you pay )))

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BessonovYan, it was called Operation Provide Hope. It delivered surplus rations to a starving Russian population. Yes it was not gourmet food but when you are hungry. Europe also sent food and medicine to Russia. This was free, no charge, no credit just relief to a hungry Russia and former client states. You seem to be caught up in the anti American movement. America and Japan has given so much to Russia, so why won't Russia do something to promote world peace? If China and Russia said No to the North but provided for the launch of the satellite it would ease tensions. I know Russia has money today.

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