North Korea Building Missile That Could Hit US
And they have 10K experts working on such rockets
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 3, 2012 7:00 AM CDT
This March 28 satellite image shows North Korea’s Tongchang-ri Launch Facility, including the launch pad, center left, the rocket engine test stand, bottom, and the assembly building, top in green.   (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe)

(Newser) – North Korea is working on a rocket so big that it makes the long-range Taepodong-2 missile it's preparing to test-launch look modest, South Korean government sources tell the Chosun Ilbo. Based on satellite images, they've determined that the North is working on a missile with a booster so large that it could fire more than 6,200 miles, meaning it would be capable of reaching the continental US.

The officials aren't sure if the missile is functional, or "a life-sized mockup," but they suspect it will be unveiled either during a military parade on April 15, or during the army's April 25 centennial celebration. The North has around 10,000 missile experts with "considerable research skills," a source said in a separate report, and has spent some $3.1 billion on developing long-range ballistic missiles so far. For reference, South Korea has about 3,000 rocket experts total between the public and private sectors.

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Apr 4, 2012 6:07 PM CDT
We need NK to seem evil to justify the insane DoD spending in Korea. This little shithole isn't worth another penny of US taxpayer money. Let the Japs deal with Korea. They are their historical enemy and conqueror. This propaganda notes "10,000 experts" are working on missiles. Show one bit of evidence to this ridiculous claim. Newser stop being a mouthpiece to the American Empire Police State apparatus. Show proof to this absurb article.
Apr 3, 2012 9:32 PM CDT
U.S still has some that can reach N.K.
Apr 3, 2012 6:12 PM CDT
this Ronry little potbelly pig seems to be just like his dickless father. why the hell are these people making weapons, when so many people are dying of malnutrition...the priorities of these fuckin guys, i swear...