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North Korea may be closer to full ICBM test, says US think-tank

Published on Jul 30, 2014 9:43 AM
 
Smoke rises during a rocket firing drill of the strategic force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on July 27, 2014. Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea might be wrapping up engine trials on an intercontinental ballistic missile, fuelling speculation of a full-scale flight test to come, a US think-tank said Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea might be wrapping up engine trials on an intercontinental ballistic missile, fuelling speculation of a full-scale flight test to come, a US think-tank said Wednesday.

Development of a working ICBM would be a game-changing step, bringing the continental United States into range and adding a whole new threat level to the North's regular nuclear-strike warnings.

"The rocket engine test programme may wind down by the end of this year," the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said on its closely followed 38 North website.

"If the engine tests are concluded, the next stage in development of the KN-08 road-mobile ICBM may be full-scale flight tests of the missile," it added.

 
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