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North Korea rocket shows home-grown technology boost: South Korea

Published on Jan 21, 2013 3:03 PM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - Reclusive North Korea made most of the key parts of the long-range rocket it launched in December, South Korea said on Monday, evidence of home-grown technology moving it a closer to designing a missile system capable of hitting the United States.

The North is banned from carrying out missile and nuclear-related activities under UN sanctions and the Security Council is closing on a resolution that will see it punished again for December's launch.

"North Korea is believed to have made a majority of components itself, although it used commercially available products imported from overseas," South Korea's Defence Ministry said in a report.

The North's ultimate aim, Washington believes, is to design an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that could hit the United States, dramatically increasing Pyongyang's military and diplomatic clout.

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