posted on Feb, 18 2013 @ 08:18 PM
reply to post by CALGARIAN
I find this odd for the KN-08 does have the range of 10,000 now is this the Kn-08 or is this a different one?
July 31, 2012
Research Associate at Monterey Institute of International Studies
North Korean TEL North Korean TEL
Much to the surprise of North Korea watchers, six Chinese Transporter-Erector-Launchers (TELs) showed up in downtown Pyongyang on 15 April 2012.
Initial interest focused on the six new — and possibly fake — road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) displayed in the military
parade honoring founding father Kim Il Sung (missiles known outside of North Korea as the KN-08).  However, the vehicles carrying the missiles may
ultimately have the most immediate impact on regional nonproliferation efforts. Chinese bloggers quickly observed that the trucks carrying the
missiles were externally identical to Chinese-made vehicles. This revelation holds significant consequences for nonproliferation efforts in the
and to the range, oh yea they were thought to fakes
While previously content to threaten South Korea and most of Japan with hundreds of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, North Korea is
now engaged in testing longer range systems such as the Unha (Paektusan/Taepodong) with an estimated range of 4,000-8,000 kilometers — though rarely
and without success.  Pyongyang has also at least nominally displayed the KN-08, the design for which could have a range of 10,000 kilometers
depending on payload.  However, it is very likely that the KN-08s displayed by Pyongyang on 15 April were "fakes;" what kind of fakes they might be
remains heavily debated. While some researchers like Markus Schiller and Robert Schmucker argue that the missiles are complete fantasy, other
researchers like Jeffrey Lewis and Nick Hansen see them as design mockups, much as was the case with the Taepodong ICBM.  However, more than the
missiles' alleged range, it is the road-mobile design that raises concern in the United States and elsewhere. Just before leaving office, U.S.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made a now-not-so-cryptic comment:
"North Korea now constitutes a direct threat to the United States. The president told [China's] President Hu that last year. They are developing a
road-mobile ICBM. I never would have dreamed they would go to a road-mobile before testing a static ICBM. It's a huge problem. As we've found out in a
lot of places, finding mobile missiles is very tough." 
DPRK has come a long ways , would you agree?
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