N. Korea's Missile Fueled and Ready for Testing
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea is believed to have completed fueling a missile capable of reaching Alaska, raising the probability of an imminent test launch, U.S. officials said on Sunday.
The United States plans to join Japan in a sharp response if the test goes ahead.
Washington has warned Pyongyang against the launch in a message passed to North Korean diplomats at the United Nations but there was no response, American officials told Reuters.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Pyongyang could still decide to scrap the launch, but that was unlikely given the complexity of siphoning fuel back out of a missile prepared for launch.
The test is expected to involve a Taepodong-2 missile with an estimated range of 2,175 to 2,670 miles. At that range, parts of Alaska in the United States would be within reach as well as Asia and Russia. [read more]
The NY Times is reporting:
WASHINGTON, June 18 — North Korea appears to have completed fueling a long-range ballistic missile, American officials said Sunday, a move that greatly increases the probability that it will go ahead with its first important test launching in eight years.
A senior American official said that intelligence from satellite photographs suggested that booster rockets had been loaded onto a launching pad, and liquid-fuel tanks fitted to a missile at a site on North Korea's remote east coast. [read more]
Yesterday White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said "We expect them to maintain the moratorium," to Chris Wallace on "FOX News Sunday."
Tags: North Korea, Missiles, Pyongyang, Missile Launch, Long-range Ballistic Missile
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