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North Korean missile test `at any time from now on`: S Korea

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 13:20

Seoul: North Korea is highly likely to launch mid-range missiles "at any time from now on", said South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se Wednesday.

"According to intelligence collected by our side and the US, possibility for North Korea`s missile launch is very high," Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said at a parliamentary meeting for foreign affairs and unification. "The possibility can be realized at any time from now on."

The missiles were estimated to be a new type of `Musudan` missile, Yun said, noting that "the missile has a range of around 3,500 km. How far the missile will reach depends on North Korea", reported Xinhua.

On April 4, Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin told lawmakers that North Korea moved intermediate-range missiles to its east coast.

The missiles, estimated to be `Musudan` that could reach the US military base in Guam, were believed to be mounted on mobile launchers known as the transporter-erector-launcher (TEL).

The missiles may be fired around April 15 when Pyongyang celebrates the birthday of Kim Il-sung, North Korea`s founder and the late grandfather of the current leader Kim Jung-un.

Yun warned that if the North Korea launches the missiles, the UN Security Council will be convened automatically as the UN resolutions have banned Pyongyang from conducting a ballistic missile test.


First Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 13:19
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