Accession Number : ADA477526


Title :   The North Korean Ballistic Missile Program


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Pinkston, Daniel A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a477526.pdf


Report Date : Feb 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 104


Abstract : North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs have drawn international attention for years. In the early 1960s, international and domestic political factors impelled Pyongyang to pursue an indigenous capability to produce advanced weapons systems, including rockets and missiles. However, North Korea actively sought foreign technology and assistance, particularly from China and the Soviet Union, to develop its missile capabilities. North Korea has now become a major missile exporter, creating instability in other regions of the world. The ballistic missile inventory now totals about 800 road-mobile missiles, including about 200 Nodong missiles that could strike Japan. In April 2007, North Korea displayed two new missiles: a short-range tactical missile that poses a threat to Seoul and U.S. Forces in South Korea, and an intermediate-range missile that could potentially strike Guam. Although North Korea has not demonstrated the ability to produce a nuclear warhead package for its missiles, they are believed to be capable of delivering chemical and possibly biological munitions. In this monograph, Dr. Daniel Pinkston examines North Korea's ballistic missile program in depth, its national strategy and motivations, as well as its accompanying proliferation activities.


Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION , *GUIDED MISSILES , *NORTH KOREA , *NATIONAL DEFENSE , NATIONAL SECURITY , FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY , SOUTH KOREA , WARHEADS , CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENTS , STRATEGY , INTERNATIONAL POLITICS , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , LONG RANGE(DISTANCE)


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Guided Missiles
      Guided Missile Warheads and Fuzes


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE