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North Korea 'preparing to unveil missile capable of striking US'

April 4, 2012 - Pyongyang

North Korea is preparing to unveil a missile capable of striking mainland America, government sources in South Korea have revealed.

Reconnaissance satellites on a government base near the North Korean capital Pyongyang have reportedly spotted the missile.

According to experts the missile is 130 feet long and equipped with boosters that would give it a range of 6,200 miles, The Daily Mail reports.

South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper said the experts are, however, unable to confirm if the missile is functional, or a very realistic fake.

According to the report, sources believe North Korea's Unha-3 rocket is being prepared for launch at the Tongchang-ri aerospace facility in the far northwest of the country.

The launch date, thought to be between April 12 and 16, will coincide with the 100th birth anniversary of North Korean founder Kim Il-Sung.

North Korea has insisted that the aim of the rocket launch is to send a satellite into orbit.


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