South Korean officials: North Korean rocket could hit U.S. mainland
This photo from South Korea's Defence Ministry Sunday shows debris from North Korea's December 12 rocket launch.
December 24th, 2012
02:49 AM ET

South Korean officials: North Korean rocket could hit U.S. mainland

By Paula Hancocks and Greg Botelho

The rocket launched earlier this month by North Korea had the capability to travel more than 6,000 miles, meaning this type of rocket could strike the United States, South Korean defense officials said.

North Korea's success raises stakes for U.S. missile defense system

In remarks to reporters Friday, which were embargoed until Sunday, three officials with South Korea's defense ministry offered their observations about the December 12 launch based on a recovered oxidizer tank that had been part of one of the rocket's boosters. According to NASA, an oxidizer tank contains oxygen compounds that allow rocket fuel to burn in the atmosphere and outside of it, in space.

North Korean officials cheered what they hailed as a successful launch of a long-range rocket, which they said put a satellite in orbit. But the mission drew international condemnation, with many viewing it as cover for testing of ballistic missile technology, which the United Nations has forbidden Pyongyang from using.

U.S. may push for sanctions after North Korea rocket launch

The South Korean military officials said the evidence they found helps show their nuclear-equipped rival's intent and progress in developing intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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  3. lweba

    Can NK regime remain in power without the support of China? very unlikely. One rocket engineer said that the rocket engine is a complex piece of machinery with hundreds of components which NK has no technological expertise to produce them in its factories. Who is helping NK in the rockets manufacture if its not China? Some think its Iran but Iran itself uses clandestine channels to purchase machine parts for its enrichment machinery and rocketry production.
    We should try to find out China's intentions in the Asians region which could probably answer the question as to why it maintains this clandestine relationship with NK.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:23 am | Reply
  4. The Mayor of Medinah

    And this is shocking news ? I beleive that Geore #2 made this clear to us but it seems as if the current administration has lost track of the Axis of Evil

    December 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • M Houston

      Have you lost track of George 2's WMDs in Iraq and the lies that generated that war?

      December 26, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  5. Fdaniel gray

    what's up with my deletions, can't handle it?

    December 26, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
  6. joe

    no worry

    December 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  7. brown

    Wow! We're shaking in our boots already!

    North Korea will not survive the next hot Korean War.

    December 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  8. Jack

    Treaty with South Korea is of even more significance.

    December 24, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  9. BigGuyWithABigMissile

    Its been discovered that the Unha missile has parts and fuel from IRAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Iranian government is helping Nkorea

    December 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply
    • Peter Townsend

      Good, they should.

      December 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • Sofa King Amerikan

      So?

      December 28, 2012 at 12:39 am | Reply

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