Monday, February 17, 2014

North Korean missile uses US, European parts

It has been learned that North Korea used several components believed to have been made in the United States and European countries in a rocket it launched in 2012.

North Korea launched the Unha-3 rocket in December 2012, calling it a satellite launch. But the rocket is considered to be a long-range missile.

The South Korean military retrieved some of the debris from the rocket at sea and analyzed it together with scientists from other countries.

Several diplomatic sources told NHK that the recovered parts included components not only from China, the North's ally, and the former Soviet Union, but also US-made electronic circuits, a British transmitter, and a Swiss converter.

These parts are believed to have been made during the past few years.

Most of them have been marketed to the general public and are unlikely to be viewed as equipment subject to UN Security Council sanctions against the North.

The revelation shows how the North analyzed the UN trade embargo and imported components not subject to sanctions for use in developing missiles.

Observers say this may lead to an appeal by UN member countries to expand the scope of the ban on exports to the North.