Tuesday, March 31, 2009

North Korea Missile News Updates -- March 31, 2009 (Updated)

Photo: A soldier walks in front of Air Self Defense Forces' Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) interceptor missile launchers. Image from AFP

Expert: NKorea Has Several Nuclear Warheads -- Yahoo News/AP

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea is believed to have several nuclear warheads that could be mounted on a missile, an international security expert said Tuesday ahead of a rocket launch that regional powers suspect will test weapon delivery technology.

But Daniel Pinkston, a Seoul-based North Korea expert for the International Crisis Group, stressed it is unclear if the communist nation has mastered the technology necessary to miniaturize the warheads and put them on Rodong missiles, which have a range of 620 to 930 miles (1,000 to 1,500 kilometers). The North is believed to have five to eight warheads, he said.

The National Intelligence Service, South Korea's main spy agency, said it could not confirm Pinkston's remarks.

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More News On North Korea

N. Korea Said To Have Nuclear Warhead Capacity -- Forbes
North Korea Has Two Nuclear Warheads for Missile, Kyodo Reports -- Bloomberg
Expert: North Korea has several nuclear warheads -- China Post
North Korea Threatens War If Japan Tries to Shoot Down Missile -- Bloomberg
NKorea vows military response if Japan downs satellite -- Times Of India
Japan protests planned NKorean rocket launch -- AFP
Warships set sail ahead of N. Korean rocket launch -- AP
All Eyes on Japan as North Korea Prepares for Missile Launch -- Voice of America
US Destroyers Move from South Korean Port -- Los Angeles Times
Warships Set Sail Ahead of N. Korean Launch -- Associated Press
All N.Korean forces on alert -- Strait Times
North Korean Launch Success Would Lead To Missile Sales -- Defense Technology News
Satellite ISIS pegs N.Korea rocket launch site: U.S. Navy & Japan mobilized missile defense systems -- Examiner
A look at North Korea's missile arsenal -- Yahoo News/AP

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