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>> North Korea may be more used to failure than success when it comes to rocket launches but one leading US expert says don't be fooled, warning that even though Pyongyang botched another launch over the weekend, it's medium range ballistic missiles could be ready to fly as soon as next year.
The most recent rocket wasn't fired from the purpose built test site that North Korea normally uses, Reuters Jack Kim explains why that's significant.>> The fact that they launched it near the West coast near Pyongyang indicates that they were probably trying to go for a longer range test flight.
>> US rocket scientist, John Schilling says, moving the launch site is like taking the training wheels off a bicycle. Seeing if you've mastered something new, rather than continuing with the same old mistakes. Last weekend's test may not have been a triumph but if North Korea is making advances in rocket technology, there's a lot to be concerned about.
>> The US and South Korean militaries believe that this missile was a Musudan type, which has a design range of 3,000 kilometers or 1800 miles which would effectively put all of Japan, South Korea and also Guam within range. North Korea has tested the Musudan missile seven times in the past seven months.
It's an unprecedented pace of testing any weapon system by North Korea. The pace indicates that they're making a great push to be able to deploy the system in the near future.>> Another thing that set last weekend's launch apart, none of the usual chest thumping from Pyongyang, suggesting North Korea's moving beyond mere scare tactics.
US officials are taking note saying, they'll speed up the roll-out of an antimissile system in South Korea. As the clock ticks down to a time when the North may actually be able to make good on its threats.