Press Gets 1st Look at N.Korean Mid-Range Missile

      October 11, 2010 11:31

      North Korea offered the international press a first look at a new intermediate-range ballistic missile during a military parade on Sunday celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Workers Party.

      The missile has a range of 3,000 to 4,000 km, making it capable of reaching the strategic U.S. military base in Guam.

      Intermediate-range ballistic missiles are seen during a massive military parade at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang on Sunday. /AP-Newsis

      The missile has been dubbed "Musudan" by the U.S. intelligence services.

      Its existence was confirmed in the early 2000s, and its first public appearance was a parade celebrating the foundation of the North Korean military in April 2007, but no pictures were available until Sunday.

      About a dozen of the missiles are apparently stationed at missile bases in Yangdok, South Pyongan Province, and Sangnam-ri, Hochon, North Hamgyong Province.

      The missile is 12 m long and 1.5 m wide and has the longest range in North Korea, outdoing the Rodong missile, which has a 1,300 km range.

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