North Korea Test Fires Missiles
LYNN NEARY, host:
It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary.
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
And I'm Steve Inskeep.
Here's the latest we know about the missiles that North Korea has been spraying beyond its borders.
NEARY: The U.S. military says North Korea fired half a dozen missiles, and then today, Japan and South Korea reported a seventh missile launch.
INSKEEP: One of the missiles was a Taepodong-2. In theory, it could reach the United States, though in practice it failed about 40 second after liftoff.
NEARY: North Korea's missile program is closely watched because the country says it also has nuclear weapons. The testing is the latest development in a decade's old program to deliver weapons at long range.
Here's a timeline.
INSKEEP: The missile program began in the early 1960s in cooperation with the former Soviet Union.
NEARY: It continued in the 1970s with technical assistance from China.
INSKEEP: Today, incidentally, Russia and China are two of the nations trying to contain the North Korean threat.
NEARY: Experts say North Korea built hundreds of missiles that could reach South Korea or Japan.
INSKEEP: Then, in 1998, North Korea tested a long-range missile.
NEARY: Later, the North Koreans agreed to a moratorium on testing.
INSKEEP: And that moratorium has apparently ended this week.