April 12th, 2012
01:22 AM ET

No sign of North Korean rocket launch on 1st day of window

The first opportunity for North Korea to launch its controversial rocket passed uneventfully Thursday, keeping the region on tenterhooks for at least another day.

As the launch window opened Thursday morning, the reclusive, nuclear-armed regime's neighbors were nervously watching for developments from the launch site, which is in a remote area in the northwest of the country.

Japanese missile defense systems scanned the skies above Tokyo and Okinawa. Japan has threatened to shoot down the North Korean rocket if it is seen threatening its territory.

International journalists in Pyongyang were taken on an official visit to a conference that had no connection to the launch. North Korean state television made no mention of the rocket, which the country says is necessary to put a weather satellite in orbit.

North Korea has said that it plans to carry out the launch sometime between Thursday and Monday, between the hours of 7 a.m. and noon (6 p.m.-11 p.m. ET Wednesday-Sunday).

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  1. ron

    I'm sure Iran would love to have one of these " weather satelites" to launch too.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. ♚Mmmmm♛

    (sigh) stop being such a drama queen...north korea just sling shot a rock across a hotel pool...and be done with it....

    April 12, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    (faux north korea)

    Pyongyang: hin chi ya yoong li cow sin

    Jeff: He says there is still time to serve our country.

    Pyongyang: ha chin sy coo yin fa. sung coo yow.

    Jeff: He says pick up gas can and go to gas station down road.

    Pyongyang: si cow ti sung so li. zu ci ni chow now. Poo yow ding zsa zip it di doo da.

    Jeff: He says high octane please. 145 more runs to gas station and fill complete. Station owner hate us, but make big money.

    Pyongyang: vi tal is voo sing chu chow. ying yang sow now. hoo rah too tao yen. su willie willie bing bang.

    Jeff: He says one litre too little rocket go off it course 6000 km. downrange. One litre too much rocket go to sun

    April 12, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    (faux north korea)
    Pyongyang: zip zap yip yap heckle jeckel...BLASTOFF OFF THE PINGPONGYANG 1

    April 12, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Swimming pool area somewhere in Stockton, California: There it is! Oh! Get out of the way Martha...here it comes!

    April 12, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Axis of Evil

    Both N. Korea and Venezuela are part of George "Dubya" Bush's 'Axis of Evil'. (pronounced "e-vile" by Bush's cohort "christians" extorting you by threatening you with burning in a mythical place called "hell") No doubt N. Korea is purchasing their rocket fuel from Venezuela's national oil corporation CITGO just like we do. LMAO. figure that one out.

    April 12, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. @Axis of Eve Vile

    Hay! That reminds me of how both Hitler and the German Catholic church threatened people with burning in hell forever if they joined the nazi resistance.

    April 12, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. 46323

    Hey! That reminds me that Hey is spelled Hey, unless you're talking about fodder for jack asses.

    April 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ♚Mmmmm♛

    the north koreans has lobbed their rock acrossed the fence....now whose really stupid
    here??? why was their sling shot allowed to stand and not destroyed??? and will copycat iran want to lobbed their rock too??? stay tune while world powers twiddle thumbs while thug countries violate international waters and borders...

    April 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. analytical reasoner

    @46323. Perhaps it's his trademark? And, did your mother name you? lmao :)

    April 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. analytical reasoner

    @M's. N. Korea is an allowed expiriment in crowd control. From what it takes to maintain a police force capable of bannishing a city shoplifter citizen to the countryside for life, to full-scale put-downs of various sized uprisings. What we see in N. Korea is the latest technology available along these lines*

    *not counting Jew control of Gentile technology. For the expiriment to give solid results, massive populations were required. There simply aren't enough Jews in the world or perhaps their ancient technology may have been tried somewhere besides Palestine. lol

    April 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. analytical reasoner

    ...i guess the lol was slightly uncalled for. I'll take it back and replace it with rmember ~Rachel Corrie and the U.S.S. Liberty you mossad bassterds.

    April 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mickey1313

    I can't believe that America hasn't a sent the cia in to nip this in the bud

    April 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Secret Facilities

    @Mickey. The CIA is as interested in learning from it as any. Any government of a large population would like to see a scale model of a civilian uprising and study how to put it down. How to totally dominate a society if need be. Government's putting down rebellions isn't easy. It takes a lot of study and a lot of practice. N. Korea is one model. The Jew controlling Gentile Palestine model is another. Right down to where law enforcement is limited in certain areas where the crime rate soars each year.. just to learn and practice. (and beat a few po boyz into the Army front lines). Talk about high-tech crowd control. Their getting it down to a science.

    April 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Secret Facilities

    *they're (beat yo ass schoolmarm)

    April 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |