Friday, August 06, 2004

Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea

Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: Iran Tests Missiles for North Korea: U.S. Official
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A U.S. official said Friday that North Korea is developing a new ballistic missiles that could be armed with nuclear warheads, and Iran is conducting the technical experiments for North Korea.
The offical, requesting anonymity, said that after North Korea announced a freeze on missile testing, the nation has been sharing technology with Iran and testing it through proxy. He added that while North Korea is not conducting missile experiments on its own, it's nonsense for it to claim that it has frozen missile tests.

The official also said North Korea's missile development plan is based on Russian technology and there was a possibility that the North was still getting support from Russian scientists.

The U.S. has yet to get a detailed grasp of the North's missile development plans, however, and is placing much importance on finding out whether the missile are exactly patterned on Russian models and whether they could reach the United States.

On the other hand, the official insisted that there is no doubt North Korea is improving existing missile designs or making new missiles onto which it could place nuclear warheads.

He said North Korea may have secured technology for submarine-launched ballistic missiles, but it seems the nation does not yet possess the necessary missile platforms.

The man added that despite North Korea's lack of a missile platform, it may get one from another country, and it is pouring a huge amount of money into developing missiles, especially ballistic missiles."

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