Radio Australia News
North Korea may have test fired a long-range cruise missile earlier this week, not a short-range model as originally suggested.
Our reporter, Mark Simkin, says Pyongyang fired the missile into the Sea of Japan on the eve of the inauguration of South Korea’s new President.
At the time, United States secretary of state, Colin Powell, dismissed the launch as “fairly innocuous” because it involved an old rocket with a short range.
Now though, the American media is quoting US intelligence officials as saying that the rocket was a new long-range version of China’s HY-2 Silkworm missile, which can apparently fly for 160 kilometres.