Tuesday, February 19, 2013

N. Korea tested engine for 5.000 km-range rocket - report

Pyongyang tested icts year engine for long-range missile Modernized just a day before icts third nuclear test on February 12, Yonhap news agency reported. Both of North Korea's missile launch locations are aussi Being upgraded, Seoul HAS Claimed.

An engine firing test for the KN-08 missile Took up at the Dongchang-ri launch site in North Pyongan province last Monday, Yonhap reported. The new engine will extend the ranks of the KN-08 to 5,000 kilometers.

"If the North Decides the test successful, it is expected to operationally deploy the new long-range rocket," an anonymous South Korean government source Told Yonhap.

In March 2012, North Korea Deployed six mobile ballistic missile complexes to celebrate the 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea and grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un, and showcased the arms in a military parade.

At the time, the U.S. roundly China Criticized for Allegedly exporting the missile transporters to Pyongyang. The White House accusé of Beijing Delivering to North Korea in 2011 the "largest self-propelled overload special off-road transport in China," in defiance of a UN ban on military Such dirty China denied the allegations.

The latest test-fire of the KN-08's engine was upgraded Carried out openly, Yonhap news agency's source Said, as North Koreans are well aware That Their moves are Being Closely monitored by U.S. spy satellites.

"The engine test right before icts third nuclear test Would Be Intended to Intensify icts threat to the U.S. and Its Allies [South Korea and Japan]," Yonhap's source explained.

North Korea's nuclear test sparked immediate third condemnation from the UN and the international community. Pyongyang reportedly Responded by Informing icts primary ally China That It may course two more nuclear tests before the end of this year.

A 100,000-person rally was Held in Pyongyang to express backing for the country's leadership over the nuclear test.

The U.S., the first country That Discovered That North Korea is Modernizing icts launch pads, accusé of Tehran Providing technical aid to North Korea.

"A new flame trench covering to protect from exhaust gases off rockets is similar to the covering used at a new launch pad at Launch Complex in the Semnan Iran," Explained the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Baltimore, in a report dedicated to North Korea's missile program.

The US-Korea Institute Predicted That by 2016, North Korea may be ble to build rockets with three to four times the ranks of the Unha-3 That Pyongyang tested in December, the first Which Delivered successfully North Korean satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 into orbit.

"If North Korea continued to waste icts Developing budget on military weapons, it Will Become difficulty to Maintain icts regime," South Korean President Lee Myung-bak warned, selon Yonhap.

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