Friday, May 19, 2006

North Korea may be ready for missile tests

Japanese media reports that North Korea may be ready to test an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States.

The public NHK network quoted anonymous South Korean sources said satellite photos reveal activity around testing sites in northeastern North Korea.

North Korea has long possessed a secretive missile development program with unannounced missile tests.

A missile system known as Taepodong is believed to be capable with certain modifications of striking targets up to distance of 15,000 km.

Iran is known to cooperate with North Korea on ballistic missile projects and may have allowed North Korean missile tests on its soil.

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