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4 x Nodong
294,951 lbs.
180,000 lbs.
25,000+ mph
102 feet
8 feet
9 minutes
220 lbs.


The Unha-3 and similar vehicles ability to launch a nuclear warhead accurately over long distances appears minimal at this time.

The Unha-3 is a three stage rocket that can carry an approximately 220 lb. satellite into about a 310 mile high polar orbit. It launch site is on North Korea's west coast.

The Unha-3 has the same design as its predecessor that did not have the range necessary to carry a nuclear warhead to the United States.

Fuel for its engines consists of two hypergolic liquids which, when mixed together, react violently resulting in a controlled explosion. Its first stage is based on a 1957 Soviet design that was used as a second stage for their long range rockets. In order for such a design to have intercontinental range, it would need substantial redesign, including a much more powerful first stage rocket.

Unha-3 accuracy can materialize with further development and testing. The closest neighbors of North Korea, especially South Korea and Japan, would first come into range of such a weapon.

The Unha-3 appears to have had its first successful launch of a space satellite on December 12, 2012.

An Unha-3 was unsuccessfully launched on April 12, 2012. It was to be used to launch a 220 lb. scientific weather and mapping satellite, according to their government representatives.

Previously, North Korea had agreed to stop its Unha-3 launching and nuclear ambitions in exchange for food deliveries. North Korea doesn't believe that their satellite launch Unha-3 is a violation of the agreement inasmuch as it is not intended as a weapon.

However, it is widely believed that the Unha-3 launch was to be a way for the country to gather further information on long range missiles with the ability to fly to targets around the world. This is especially distressing because North Korea possesses nuclear weapons, but still has not developed the ability to deliver them by the Unha-3.

The Unha-3 was unsuccessfully tested in July of 2006 when it failed, after less than a minute of flight. On April 5, 2009 an Unha-3 launch took place, but it was unable to place a satellite into orbit.

In 2014 tests began on engines to power a 3,400 mile range mobile launch Unha-3 type rocket.

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