Sunday, August 06, 2006

A Reason To Stop Laughing At Kim Jong Il

While it was fun to laugh at what appeared to be failed missile tests by North Korea last month, my concern was less with the failure of the Taepodong than with whether the shorter range tests were successful. It now appears those tests, witnessed by Iranian officials, were a success.

A U.S. and Japanese analysis based on data collected by radar on Aegis-equipped warships and other intelligence sources found that the six missiles traveled 300-400 kilometers (185-250 miles) northeast from the Kitaeryong missile base on North Korea's southeastern coast and landed inside a designated zone within a radius of about 50 kilometers (30 miles), the Yomiuri said.

Or, roughly the area of metro Tel Aviv.

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