The Straits Times
Published on Dec 14, 2012

S. Korea retrieves N. Korea rocket debris


SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's navy has retrieved debris from the first stage of North Korea's long-range rocket, which will be analysed to determine its level of ballistic expertise, the defense ministry said on Friday.

"This debris is expected to be an important piece of information in determining North Korea's rocket capability," said defense ministry spokesman Kim Min Seok.

The section salvaged by the navy appears to be a fuel tank, inscribed with the name of the "Unha-3" rocket.

The analysis will be carried out by a team of civilian and military experts, as well as US specialists in Soviet missile technology.