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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

New Taepodong-2 Being Readied

North Korea is now said to be assembling yet another offensive Taepodong-2 ICBM for launch soon but it is not yet on the pad according to an intelligence source. While the long-range Taepodong-2 ICBM test launch Tuesday was a failure, North Korea did successfully launch the space vehicle in 1998. The vehicle does have the potential capability to orbit a small satellite or arc in space as an ICBM.

While Korea resumed missile testing Wednesday morning with the launch of a confimed seventh rocket in less than 24-hours, no further launches have been confirmed. Six short-to-mid range NoDong and Scud-type missiles splashed into the Sea of Japan. International political and global security experts expect the communist regime to resume test-firings in an attempt to gather focused global attention. The Koreans have sought one-on-one diplomatic talks with the U.S. that the Bush Administration has repeatedly rebuffed.

The United Nations Security Council met Wednesday and is expected to pass a resolution of concern about the repeated missile tests. The North Korean government insists it has a legal right to conduct the rocket tests with impunity.


RocketEddy said...

North Korea is now said to be assembling yet another offensive Taepodong-2 ICBM for launch soon

Just curious, but said by who? All the sources I've seen so far say they expect further launches, but that they will not be Taepodong-2 missiles.

JackKennedy said...

South Korean intelligence sources are now not only confirming the second Taepodong 2 being assembled but suggest there may actually be two such missiles near the launch site.

Some sources have suggested that the North Koreans wanted to upstage the U.S. shuttle launch with a small orbital satellite to flex missile technology. The attempted launch only goes to prove, however, the challenge of building successful boosters consistently.