Country: North Korea
Alternate Name: Moksong 2 or Pekdosan 2
Payload: Single warhead
Warhead: 750 kg nuclear, biological, chemical, or HE
Length: 35.00 m
Diameter: 2.10 m
Launch Weight: 64,000kg
Propulsion: Two stage liquid;
Range: 6,000 km
In Service: Exp. 2004
The Taepo-dong 2 is an intercontinental-range, road mobile, liquid propellant ballistic missile. It is currently North Korea's only true ICBM. Today,
this missile represents the single greatest nuclear threat to the United States. While the missile has very limited accuracy, it is thought to be
target at major US population centers in both Alaska and Hawaii, and perhaps even as far as California.
The Taepo-dong 2's major use is as a weapon of international blackmail. Easily equipped with a nuclear weapon, it is the first direct threat to the
United States from North Korea. It will likely be used as a threat of nuclear escalation in response to any American intervention during a second
Korean war. Just as the People's Republic of China (PRC) Lt. Gen. Xiong Guang Kai stated that Americans care more about Los Angeles than they do Tai
Pei,? North Korea will likely rely on American unwillingness to lose cities rather than withdraw from Korea. In addition, it will likely be used to
blackmail wealthier countries for energy and food, similar to how the North Korean nuclear program was used. It is also a major income generator as an
item for export.
The missile is thought to have two liquid propellant stages. The PRC?s DF-3 (described separately) is the basis for the first stage of North Korea?s
ICBM. Thus, the North Koreans owe much of their missiles technology to their communist allies. The second stage is thought to be similar to the older
Korean No-dong missiles.
The missile is 35.0 m in length, has a diameter of 2.1 m/1.32 m (first/second stage), a launch weight of 64,000 kg and its payload equipped with a
single warhead. Its range is thought to be at least 6,000 km and Russian sources put it closer to 9,000 km. The accuracy is unknown, but probably
The development of the Taepo-dong 2 is estimated to have begun at the same time as the Taepo-dong 1, in 1990. Pakistan and Iran have been receiving
technical assistance on their missile projects that are derivatives of the Taepo-dong 2 project. Iran's Shahab-5/6 owes much to this North Korean
design. It was reported that in 2004, North Korea put the missile up for sale to a number of Middle Eastern countries, Iran being one of them.
Reports also suggest that North Korea may be developing a third stage for the Taep?o-dong 2, to develop either an increased range or a space launch
capability. If true, this would increase the ability of North Korea to hit US targets, perhaps to a distance as far as Chicago.
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This speaks for itself.. Now this information is available for anyone who wants to find it.
North Korea is just days or weeks away from having the above missile operational... The obvious threat the above missile poses speaks for itself.. but
recent intel shows that the 3 stage version of this missile is near complete as well.. can you see what I am talking about now?
Of course there will be those who say North Korea is no real threat to the U.S.A. because Kim Jong Ill would never launch these missiles... But then
again you are putting your trust in an insane man with nuclear weapons, a man who has shown his growing paranoia more and more with each passing day.
Again do you think the world is just going to stand by and do nothing here??
Any thoughts now??
[edit on 10-6-2004 by UM_Gazz]