Uh-oh: Maker of N. Korea's Rocket Was ... N. Korea
UN considers tightening sanctions
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 21, 2013 7:04 AM CST
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)

(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.)

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Jan 21, 2013 12:19 PM CST
Imagine growing up and living in a prison camp the size of an entire country.
melvin polatnick
Jan 21, 2013 12:12 PM CST
North and South Korea will one day become a part of China. All of the population will easily mix with their Asian brothers.
Jan 21, 2013 11:47 AM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD ..... North Korea will not start another war, and only has "the bomb" for defensive reasons. --- The US and NATO are the only countries attacking other countries, and only if those countries don't have "the bomb." --- The US and NATO would have attacked Syria, but Syria has chemical weapons of mass destruction, and are considering attacking Iran, before Iran gets "the bomb." --- The US and NATO are the aggressor countries of this 21st century. -------- REALLY