Posted tagged ‘Missile’

Missile Fires Off California Coast

November 9, 2010

An apparent missile shot across the sky off the coast of Southern California last night and was caught on video by a local TV station’s camera.

You can see video at the link below.


KCBS reported the trail was visible from Los Angeles. The station’s helicopter crew described the missile’s location as 35 miles out to sea north of Catalina Island.

Senior Pentagon and Navy officials told NBC News that they did not know who launched the missile.

A senior official told NBC News it was “possible” that the incident was an accidental launch by the military. However, the Navy, Air Force and Missile Defense Agency said they had no information to indicate they were involved, NBC News reported.


North Korea Apparently Test Fires 4 Short Range Missiles

July 2, 2009

According to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, North Korea has test-fired four short-range missile off its east coast.

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From CNN:

South Korea’s Defense Ministry had earlier confirmed three launches, but could not immediately be reached about the fourth reported missile.

The first three missiles were fired at 5:20 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7:50 p.m. local time from Sinsang-ni near the eastern coastal city of Wonsan, a ministry spokesman said.

A U.S. official told CNN “the missile firings come as no surprise.”

“The North has been carrying out provocative acts for some time,” said the official, who did not want to be named for security reasons. “North Korea needs to stop this type of activity and return to the process of bringing about a denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”

A U.S. intelligence official confirmed the test firings and said there are “no indications whatsoever” of an impending long-range missile test.

North Korea Fires Short-Range Missile

May 29, 2009

North Korea test-fired a short-range missile Friday off the country’s east coast, a South Korean military source said.

From CNN:

U.S. satellite imagery has spotted “vehicle activity” at a North Korean ballistic missile site, two Defense Department officials said Friday.

This activity is similar to that before a long-range missile launch by North Korea earlier this year.

North Korea upbraided the U.N. Security Council for slamming its nuclear test, calling the members of the body “hypocrites” and warning of “stronger self-defense countermeasures” as the world body considers more sanctions against the country.

“There is a limit to our patience,” the Foreign Ministry said in a combative statement.

North Korea Launches Rocket

April 4, 2009

According to US and South Korean sources, North Korea has finally launched their long-range rocket, doing this against international wishes.

From CNN:

The payload of the rocket remains unclear. North Korea has said the rocket was to carry a satellite into space, but the United States, South Korea and other nations fear it could be a missile with a warhead attached.

A senior Obama administration official in Washington confirmed that the rocked did clear Japan.

The rocket — launched at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday (10:30 p.m. ET Saturday) — was a “provocative act in violation” of U.N. Security Council resolution on North Korea’s weapons program, said Fred Lash, a State Department spokesman, told reporters.

An October 2006 resolution condemned North Korea for missile launches in the summer and a nuclear test that same month.

North Korea Positions Missile on Launch Pad

March 25, 2009

Reports are circulating that North Korea has positioned what is believed to be a Taepodong-2 long-range ballistic missile on its launch pad at a site in the east of the country.

From Reuters:

U.S. officials would not confirm the report but did not dispute it. Kyodo, citing “sources close to Japan-U.S. relations,” said the missile had been placed at Musudan-ri, a site that has been used for previous missile tests.

“I’m not going to steer you away from what’s been reported,” a U.S. counter-proliferation official told Reuters.

Another U.S. official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said North Korea had stacked together two stages of what is expected to be a three-stage rocket.

North Korea has said it would launch a satellite between April 4-8. Regional powers see the launch as a disguised test of its longest-range missile and a violation of U.N. sanctions forbidding the reclusive state from firing ballistic missiles.