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US spy satellites detect ten 4,000km ICBMs on launch pads
Korea WebWeekly

September 9, 2003 (Korea WebWeekly) -- Chosun Ilbo has reported that US spy satellites have detected ten 4000 km ICBMs on their launch pads at the Millim military airport near Pyongyang. It was anticipated that these missiles would be paraded on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Republic on September 9. However, the parades were of columns of lightly armed soldiers goose-stepping through the vast parade ground.

It is assumed that North Korea placed the missiles in an open area visible to the US satellites - quite on purpose to prove that North Korea has the means of delivering nuclear warheads to the continental USA. These missiles appear to be of a new missile design and resembles old Soviet Yankee-class nuclear sub ICBMs - SS-N-6. These missiles are designed to be launched from submerged vessels and they can carry mega-ton H-bombs in the range of 2400-3200 km.

It is significant that North Korea has one of the largest fleet of diesel submarines and that it has thermonuclear warheads in stock. It is believed that North Korea began working on this class of missiles in the 1990s and it was not until 2000 that its existence became known to the US intelligence. It is believed that former Soviet rocket experts helped build the missiles.

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