North Korean Missile Test In Iran?
A curious report begs the question: Did North Korea test a long-range missile in Iran?
North Korea may have used a launch pad in Iran to test a new missile capable of hitting American bases in the Pacific island of Guam, according to reports from Japan and South Korea.
The missile, named after the Musudan testing range in North Korea, was recently shown off to the public at a vast military parade in the capital, Pyongyang, according to the reports. South Korean and American intelligence reports suggest that the weapon may then have been tested in Iran, with which North Korea is known to have military links.
The Musudan missile had not been previously recorded. North Korea has a known capacity to build short- and medium-range missiles, including the Taepodong-1 which it fired over Japan in 1998 to the alarm of Tokyo and its allies in Washington.
However, it has had less success with developing long-range missiles. It has been working for several years on a Taepodong-2, which would be targeted at America's western seaboard. But a test launch carried out last July ended in failure, with the missile landing in the sea not far from the border between North Korean and Russia.The new missile is said have been identified by American military satellite pictures of the rally held in April to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army. The weapon is thought to be based on Soviet technology.
The report is anemic on details of the launch other than intelligence analysts' suspicions, which are quite plausible. After all, Iranian military officials from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps were at the July missile test in North Korea cited above. And they were also known to be present at the October 2006 nuclear bomb test in North Korea.
The first question that came to mind was one of trajectory and impact zone. If it was launched and detected, how far did it travel and where did it strike land?