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North Korea has second long-range missile launch site: analyst

North Korea has established a second test site and launch pad for intercontinental ballistic missiles intercontinental ballistic missile: see guided missile. , an independent analyst who has seen imagery of the site said Wednesday.

"This facility is designed to support a significant flight test program," said John Pike John Pike is the name of:
  • John Pike (settler), a 16th century British immigrant to America
  • John E. Pike, American scientist and political consultant
, director of GlobalSecurity.Org, a research group that specializes in security issues.

"It is significant because it indicates an intention to develop a capability of developing a reliable ICBM ICBM: see guided missile.
 in full intercontinental ballistic missile

Land-based, nuclear-armed ballistic missile with a range of more than 3,500 mi (5,600 km). Only the U.S.
," he told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

Pike pike, in zoology
pike, common name for the family Esocidae, freshwater game and food fishes of Europe, Asia, and North America. The pike, the muskellunge, and the pickerel form a small but well-known group of long, thin fishes with spineless dorsal fins,
 said the missile launch site was discovered on the west coast of North Korea near China by Joseph Bermudez, an analyst at Jane's Intelligence Group.

Pike and Tim Brown Timothy Donell Brown (born July 22, 1966) is a retired wide receiver, who played in the National Football League. He spent sixteen years with the Oakland Raiders, during which he established himself as one of the League's most prolific wide receivers. , an imagery analyst with, discovered a smaller launch site for intercontinental ballistic missiles at Musudan-ni on North Korea's east coast in 1999.

"My reaction to it at the time was it was not much to write home about, that it was not something that could support a significant flight test program," Pike said of the earlier find.

North Korea used the east coast site to launch a Taepodong missile in 2001 over Japan. A Taepong-2 missile was launched from Musudan-ni in 2006, but it failed.

Pike said the new site was much larger, more elaborate and with better transportation connections.

"It is set up to do a launch three of four times a year, rather than every decade," he said.

The facility has a standard test stand, a dynamic test stand and a relatively sophisticated launch pad for intercontinental ballistic missiles or space shots, he said.

Pike, who said Iran has a similar missile launch site, said the main North Korean launch pad appeared still under construction and a year or two away from completion.
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Date:Sep 10, 2008
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