. June 21, 2006 SouthAmerica: I wonder why the United States is so âafraidâ of a simple long-range missile test to be done by North Korea. These days the United States is afraid even of its shadow. What is the big deal about a single long-range missile test? Today, the United States seems like a big crybaby to the rest of the world...I am going to tell the UN that you are doing a long-range missile test. I am going to ask the UN to isolate North Korea one more time. This will be the isolation, on top of the isolation, of the isolation, of the isolation and I hope the latest level of the isolation strategy will work. As a matter of fact in the next level of isolation the US will ask the UN to move the country of North Korea to the moon â on its effort to isolate them. The only thing that I can do is laugh about it â it is just like a bad joke. The US has its army and navy scattered all over the world â fighting wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and in Colombia - they also have a presence in Africa, in Asia, and so onâ¦. The US even started a preemptive war against a country that was close to an economic collapse â Iraq. And North Koreaâs test of a single long-range missile - to see if the thing works - is the global threat - and it is ironic that the US wants the world to believe that North Koreaâs launch of a single long-range missile would constitute a real threat to international peace and security. I guess today the incompetent people who are running US foreign policy must also believe that the rest of the world are âBrain Dead.â ******* June 20, 2006, 8:40PM âU.S. May Seek N. Korea's Further Isolationâ By BARRY SCHWEID AP Diplomatic Writer The Associated Press WASHINGTON â The Bush administration is trying to rally other countries to threaten North Korea with further isolation if it persists in seeking to test long-range ballistic missiles. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke by telephone to South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon, while U.N. Ambassador John Bolton spoke to members of the U.N. Security Council in New York. The discussions were described as preliminary and with broad international coordination as the goal. The idea, said deputy State Department spokesman Adam Ereli, "is to see how we can work together to support security and stability in the peninsula." As President Bush flew to Europe on Tuesday aboard Air Force One, White House spokesman Tony Snow declined to elaborate on what consequences North Korea might face. "We are simply not going to tip our hand," Snow said. "There seems to be a desire to create a sense of crisis" by the North Koreans, said national security adviser Stephen Hadley, also on the trip with Bush. "We have tried to convince them that the kind of attention they would get would not be constructive." Rather than yielding, North Korea has declared it has a right to test missiles despite a 1999 moratorium, reaffirmed in 2002. Ereli said there had been no direct U.S. contact with North Korea. "Our preferred course of action is that there not be a missile launch or a missile test, and we've made that clear," he said. "And we have also made clear that any such action would result in North Korea's further isolation in the international community." Bolton, speaking in Washington, told reporters the first priority before the Security Council was to convince North Korea not to conduct a long-range missile test. "We're discussing a range of things that fall within the Security Council's domain, given that the launch would constitute a threat to international peace and security," Bolton said. ************ Pakistan Dawn â Pakistan - June 21, 2006 âUS activates missile shields in response to N. Korean threatâ Editor: Abbas Nasir WASHINGTON, June 20: The Pentagon has activated its new ground-based interceptor missile defence system following a North Korean threat to test a long-range missile, US media reported on Tuesday. US officials said on Monday that any long-range missile launch by North Korea would be considered a âprovocative act.â US intelligence satellites monitoring N. Korean missile sites reported this week that North Koreaâs preparations have advanced to the point where a launch could take place within several days to a month. Two US Navy Aegis warships are patrolling near North Korea as part of the global missile defence and would be among the first sensors that would trigger the use of interceptor missile, the Washington Times reported on Tuesday. The US missile defence system includes 11 long-range interceptor missiles, including nine deployed at Fort Greeley, Alaska, and two at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The system was switched from test to operational mode within the past two weeks, the report said. One senior Bush administration official told the newspaper that an option being considered would be to shoot down the Taepodong missile with responding interceptors. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice added that any launch would be a serious matter and âwould be taken with utmost seriousness and indeed a provocative act.â White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters in Washington that President Bush had telephoned more than a dozen heads of state regarding North Koreaâs launch preparations. He did not identify the leaders. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the US has made it clear to North Korea that the communist regime should abide by the missile-test ban it imposed in 1999 and reaffirmed in a pact with Japan in 2002. âUS Northern Command continues to monitor the situation, and we are prepared to defend the country in any way necessary,â said spokesman Michael Kucharek. Any decision to shoot down a missile would be made at the highest command levels, which includes the president, secretary of defence and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. John R. Bolton, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said earlier that the Bush administration is consulting other Security Council members on how to respond to a Taepodong launch. US intelligence officials told reporters there are signs that the North Koreans recently began fuelling the Taepodong with highly corrosive rocket fuel. Normally, when liquid fuel is loaded into missiles the missile must be fired within five to 10 days, or it must be de-fuelled and the motors cleaned, a difficult and hazardous process. The Taepodong was first tested in August 1998, and North Korea claimed that it was a space launch vehicle that orbited a satellite. .