February 23, 2009

North Korea missile capable of hitting U.S. bases

Per CNN, South Korea is saying that North Korea deployed a new ballistic missile capable of hitting U.S. military bases in Guam.

United States and South Korean officials have also reported that North Korea is preparing to test-fire its long-range missile, according to CNN. The Taepodong-2 is thought to have an intended range of 4,200 miles (6,700 kilometers), giving it the capability to reach Hawaii or Alaska, per the article.

Also in recent news, North Korea warned South Korea that it is ready for war, per Deutsche Welle.

Twitter users in the U.S. worry about North Korea and South Korea's fates as well as the impending danger to the United States:

@jenbeau (New York): is continually praying for Korea (both North and South)

@humancell (Charleston, Utah): N. Korea is a major worry ... we have to get China in these conversations. Missiles are gaining range, they have nukes ... http://ow.ly/qiz

daniellesmyname (Columbia, MO): at #newsy worrying about North Korea

@Tom_Sweatman (Washington, D.C.): What’s North Korea up to? These capabilities do not appear to be defensive in nature. http://bit.ly/oHjPv

@Lawrence_n_DC (Washington, D.C.): N.Korea has developed mid-range ballistics capable of hitting Guam, Hawaii, and Alaska. Whose watch did this happen on?

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