US Delays Missile Test Over N. Korea Tensions
White House defends move as 'absolutely not' a retreat
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2013 2:23 PM CDT
A Chimera target launch vehicle, which is a modified Minuteman booster vehicle, successfully launched late Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, from the Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, Calif.    (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, 2nd Lt. Raymond Geoffroy)

(Newser) – As tensions escalate with North Korea, the US has opted to delay a missile test at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, CNN reports. The long-planned test of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was unrelated to North Korea, but delaying it is "prudent and wise" in light of North Korea's sabre-rattling, said a Pentagon official. Top White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer defended the move today on Fox News Sunday, saying the delay is "absolutely not" a retreat following Pyongyang's aggressive rhetoric, reports The Hill. "The onus is on North Korea to take the step back," said Pfeiffer.

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Apr 8, 2013 11:21 AM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Sounded like North Korean kid Kim Jong-un is playing the video game with a black man Barack Obama's fancy one-to-one basketball game. I've never see Obama scored any basket at all, have you see one into basket ? It is doubtful about the Computer Images Processing technique to identify and aim an in-coming missile. If you know Maths, you can tell the different between flying a parabola to hit a target and a Laser weapon shot a straight line to hit a target. The brainless think Sanctions are a solution; yes, is the former (D) President Jimmy Carter can get the credit from his Sanctions against Iran policy and make Iranian backbone to have today's Sciences & Technology success ? DON'T follow the Barack Obama and his Democratic Party's daydream !!!
Apr 8, 2013 3:18 AM CDT
My South Korean friends just giggle when they hear how some of you are frightened if 'lil Kim. You righties are terrified of everyone. Time to invade Iraq?
Apr 8, 2013 2:29 AM CDT
Test target should be Pyongyang?