Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Tensions rise over missile test by North Korea

North Korea has been accused of preparing to test-fire a ballistic missile with enough range to hit the US.

The move comes amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula, with the North declaring last week that it was abandoning pacts designed to prevent hostilities with the South.

South Korean intelligence spotted a train carrying a long, cylinder-shaped object — believed to be a long-range missile — heading to Dongchang-ni, a new missile launch site on the west coast.

Intelligence indicates the missile is probably a long-range Taepodong-2, considered the North’s most advanced rocket, which has a range of more than 4,160 miles, putting Alaska in range.

Meanwhile, Iran’s first domestically made satellite has been successfully launched into orbit, the government has announced.

It brings another development in the country’s ambitious space programme that has worried many international observers.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz