Uh-oh: Maker of N. Korea's Rocket Was ... N. Korea

UN considers tightening sanctions

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 21, 2013 7:04 AM CST

(Newser) – The rocket that North Korea successfully launched last month was mostly homemade, South Korea says, fueling concerns about Pyongyang's ability to produce weapons despite international sanctions. "North Korea is believed to have made a majority of components itself, although it used commercially available products imported from overseas," says a South Korean Defense Ministry report.

The South was able to collect 10 pieces of the rocket after it launched. The technology involved is similar to what's used in ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US, a BBC correspondent notes. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council is poised to vote this week on stricter sanctions against Pyongyang, South Korean news reports. (In related news, North Korea's mobile missiles have US intelligence worried.)

In this Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, North Korea's Unha-3 rocket lifts off from the Sohae launch pad in Tongchang-ri, North Korea.   (AP Photo/KCNA, File)
In this Dec. 17, 2012 file image, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju attend a ceremony to reopen the mausoleum where his father's embalmed remains will lie in state.   (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video, File)
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