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U.S. Missile Shield Callenge

posted Feb 4, 2009, 6:22 AM by John Kavanagh

North Korean Activity Stirs Fears of a Missile Test

The New York Times
February 3, 2009

North Korea has been moving what appear to be components of a long-range missile to a launching site, a South Korean official and news reports said Tuesday, raising fears that it might test-fire a missile.

The object is believed to be a Taepodong-2 missile, Yonhap said. The missile is designed to fly at least 4,200 miles, far enough to reach North America, and carry a payload of 1,400 to 2,200 pounds, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry.


http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/04/world/asia/04nkorea.html


Iran Reports Launching Its Own Satellite
The Washington Post
February 4, 2009

Iran said Tuesday it had successfully sent its first domestically produced satellite into orbit using an Iranian-made long-distance missile, joining an exclusive club of fewer than a dozen nations with such capabilities.

The rocket used to launch the satellite was not the most sophisticated in Iran's arsenal. Iran used the two-stage Safir-2 -- Safir is a Farsi term meaning "ambassador."

By contrast, Iran's sophisticated Shahab-3 missile has a range of at least 750 miles, and Iran claims to have extended its reach even farther. At minimum, the Shahab-3 would allow Iran to strike targets throughout the Middle East, Turkey and the southeastern flank of Europe.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/03/AR2009020300285.html

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