India said Thursday it had successfully launched a missile with nuclear capability and a 3,100-mile range, giving it the ability to strike Beijing and Shanghai, and heightening fears of an Asian arms race. Read the rest of this entry »
North Korea may be able to load a nuclear warhead atop a missile, though South Korea has no substantive evidence the North has the technology to do it, Seoul’s defense chief said Monday.
North Korea conducted two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009 and is thought to have enough plutonium for at least a half-dozen weapons. But experts doubt whether the North has mastered the miniaturization technology to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile.
The development stage has been completed for India’s Agni-III ballistic missiles, with advances in their production; India hopes for succesful trials of the Agni-V missile to accelerate their development and integration into their BMD program.
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India will for the first time test fire its 5,000-km range Agni-V ballistic missile by the end of this year in what is being seen as a major leap in the country’s missile capability.
Iran on Tuesday denied a U.N. panel report saying that North Korea and Iran appear to have been regularly exchanging ballistic missiles, components and technology in violation of U.N. sanctions.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast argued that Iran’s own missile capabilities are so advanced that it doesn’t need outside help, and he slammed the report’s findings as “fabrications.”
The final decision should be made in 2012-13 by the expert community, not solely the Defense Ministry, said Yury Solomonov of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (MITT), the developer of the troubled Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile.
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Kim Jong-nam, the North Korean dictators eldest son, has said that his father would not halt the Communist Nations nuclear program. He sighted the increased tension on the Korean Peninsula and the tightening of foreign sanctions as outside factors driving the development of the North’s nuclear program.