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CBC Radio - The Current - North Korea
Description: Wade Huntley, Director of The Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Research, discusses what North Korea hopes to achieve with their provocative missile testing over the Sea of Japan yesterday.
Date: 04 July 2006
Source: CBC Radio - The Current
The Current: Part 1

North Korea – Reporter

While Americans celebrated Independence Day, and a nail-biting shuttle launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida ...North Korea set off a launch of its own, propelling a barrage of missiles--- both short-range at least one long-range---over the Sea of Japan yesterday. Here's what we know.

The testing came after weeks of speculation--and threats by the US of sanctions if North Korea went ahead with the launches. But yesterday, at least five scud-type missiles and an advance missile called the Taepodong-2, were launched from North Korea's northeast coast. And another missile was reportedly launched 12 hours later.

Reports say the short-range missiles landed about 600 kilometres off the west coast of Japan. But the Taepodong-2---capable of traveling anywhere from three to seven thousand kilometres---in other words, capable of reaching U-S shores-- apparently petered out after about 40 seconds in the sky.

To hear what Japan’s reaction is to this, we were joined by CBC reporter Geoff from Tokyo.

North Korea – Korean Strategy

After news of the launches, the South Korean government called an emergency security meeting. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice contacted her counterparts in the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear ambitions. And some in the US quickly labeled the missile testing a "provocative" move, carefully timed to take away the thunder of the space shuttle launch.

To give us a sense of what North Korea hopes to achieve by yesterday's bold move, we were joined by Wade Huntley. He's the Director of The Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Research at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in the North Korean nuclear crisis and he was in Vancouver this morning.

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