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Sunday, 23 December 2012 - 19:27
S. Korea says North 'rocket' could fly 10,000km
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The South Korean defence ministry said North Korea's recent rocket launch amounted to the test of a ballistic missile capable of carrying a half-tonne payload over 10,000 kilometres.

North Korea launched its three-stage Unha-3 rocket on December 12th, insisting it was a purely scientific mission aimed at putting a polar-orbiting satellite in space.

Sunday's estimate was based on analysis of an oxidiser container -- recovered from the rocket's first-stage splashdown site -- which stored red fuming nitric acid to fuel the first-stage propellant.

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