Cash-strapped North Korea seeks to export medium-range ballistic
missiles despite a moratorium on new test launches, according to reports
in South Korea.
The first client of North Korea's "Daepodong" missile with an
estimated range of 1,380 kilometers (828 miles) will likely be Iran,
Seoul's Yonhap news agency said Sunday.
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It quoted diplomatic sources as saying the price tag of each
Daepodong missile would be $6 million.
North Korea has been suspected of exporting missiles to Pakistan and
the Middle East. South Korean experts believe the Stalinist nation has
built at least 10 Daepodong missiles. Its suspected exports have been
the subject of international concern since what was believed to be a
Taepodong-I was fired over Japan in August last year.
Pyongyang pledged to freeze its missile tests in September in return
for the partial lifting of U.S. economic sanctions. The freeze prompted
the resumption of rapprochement talks between Washington and Pyongyang,
which fought during the 1950-53 Korean War.
U.S. special envoy Charles Kartman will make a five-day visit to
South Korea beginning today to consult South Korean officials on
high-level political talks between Washington and Pyongyang.