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North Korea Missile Test: More Successful Than Advertised

Posted By Conn Carroll On April 16, 2009 @ 9:59 am In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled

Spaceflight Now [1]‘s Craig Covault [2] reports:

New details emerging from the analysis of data from North Korea’s April 5 Taepo-Dong-2 test indicate the vehicle flew successfully several hundred miles further than previously believed and used more advanced steering than has been demonstrated by the North Korean’s before.

The rocket impacted as far as 2,390 miles from the launch site as opposed to about 1,900 miles as earlier announced by the U. S. and Japan.

Covault’s revelations come one day after the Washington Times Bill Gertz reported that the Pentagon failed to deploy [3] our best radar tracking system [4] to monitor North Korea’s test, two days after North Korea’s rapid moves to eject international inspectors and restart its nuclear facility have left the Obama administration scrambling [5], and ten days since Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced $1.4 billion in cuts to the United States missile defense shield. [6]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Spaceflight Now: http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0904/10northkorea/

[2] Craig Covault: http://www.nasawatch.com/archives/2005/11/craig_covault_h.html

[3] the Pentagon failed to deploy: http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/15/us-failed-to-use-best-radar-for-n-korea-missile/print/

[4] our best radar tracking system: http://www.foundry.org/2009/04/03/missing-pieces-in-missile-defense/

[5] two days after North Korea’s rapid moves to eject international inspectors and restart its nuclear facility have left the Obama administration scrambling: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/15/AR2009041501510.html

[6] ten days since Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced $1.4 billion in cuts to the United States missile defense shield.: http://www.heritage.org/Research/NationalSecurity/wm2394.cfm

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