Pyongyang stunned Japan and the US in 1998 when it fired an intermediate range Taepodong-1 missile over Japan. US satellite imagery shows the Stalinist nation is now preparing to launch a Taepodong-2 missile, which by some estimates could reach most of the US.By Demetri Sevastopulo and Stephen Fidler in Washington
Published: June 11 2006
He adds that while North Korea has not flight-tested the Taepodong-2, the regime has completed engine tests and has gained telemetry data from Iran, which has tested some of the Taepodong-2’s component missiles.
Mr Wolfsthal said: “To perfect this system they will need to do flight-testing. So they may feel some pressure technically for the need to test.”