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N. Korea launches new type of tactical rockets Updated: 2014-08-20 03:41:50 KST

N. Korea launches new type of tactical rockets

North Korea is believed to have developed a new form of tactical missile that could pose a new threat on the Korean peninsula.
According to joint analysis by South Korea and the United States, the North test-fired five of the new rockets last Thursday into the East Sea.

A source within South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the new model appears to be different from the North's existing KN-02 missiles or those fired from the 300-millimeter rocket launcher, but maintains their advantages, with a range of 200 kilometers and warhead weight of 500 kilograms.
The source said the new rocket, likely to be called the KN-10, is believed to use solid fuel and can be launched from a movable launcher.
If fired from the military demarcation line separating the North and South, it could reach the central parts of South Korea.

(Korean, )
"It can load many more explosives. It is a threat because it does not require advanced preparation to launch and can be fired at anytime. "

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is also believed to have purchased a new personal plane.
Made in Ukraine, the Antonov-148, can seat up to 80 people, and unlike his previous plane which was fitted with tables, this one looks more like a regular passenger jet.
The plane, worth some 30 million U.S. dollars, shows Kim Jong-un's penchant for not just spending, but for traveling by air, unlike his father who was notoriously afraid of flying.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
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