North Korea July 4th Missiles

As widely expected, the DPRK fired some missiles on the 4th of July. Apparently, however, they were not aimed at Hawaii.

North Korea fired seven ballistic missiles off its eastern coast Saturday, South Korea said, a violation of U.N. resolutions and an apparent message of defiance to the United States on its Independence Day.

The launches, which came two days after North Korea fired what were believed to be four short-range cruise missiles, will likely further escalate tensions in the region as the U.S. tries to muster support for tough enforcement of the latest U.N. Security Council resolution imposed on the communist regime for its May nuclear test.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said three missiles were fired early Saturday, a fourth around noon and three more in the afternoon. The Defense Ministry said that the missiles were ballistic and are believed to have flown more than 250 miles (400 kilometers). “Our military is fully ready to counter any North Korean threats and provocations based on strong South Korea-U.S. combined defense posture,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

Maybe Kim heard that Americans like to shoot off illegal fireworks in celebration of our independence and wanted to join the party? It wouldn’t be any nuttier than anything else he’s done lately.

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  1. DL says:

    “And I’m going to keep firing missles Obama, until you come over here and give me a bow like you gave that Saudi King along with a apology de jour for Harry Truman’s evil war against the People of North Korea and Manchuria, just because you wished to deny the benefits of starvation to the people in the south of my country.”

  2. Eric Florack says:

    The idea of judging where the missiles were aimed, by aware they landed, may be problematic.

  3. kurtis teagle says:

    ok we need to something about this are governmet cant be so libiral that we cant strike back or even react when a country has clearly made a threat against the united states of america

  4. G.A.Phillips says:

    I wonder what it’s going to be like barbecuing grass on a 4th or two from now????

  5. Sunglass man says:

    Why is it that North Korea always has to launch the missiles on July 4th? Is it just to send a message to the United States? Seriously, when this whole thing began three years ago on July 4th, I could not sit still and enjoy the fireworks. Every time one was lit I thought we had been hit by a missile from North Korea. It was very unsettling, and I hope that diplomatic talks that are coming up with talk some sense into North Korea.