April 12th, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Breaking down the North Korean threat

Is North Korea on the verge of having the technology to launch a weapon anywhere in the world–even to the United States? The answer may sit on a missile launch pad in North Korea, where the country plans to launch a rocket carrying a "weather satellite" into orbit in honor of the one hundredth birthday of the nation's founder, Kim Il Sung.

Victor Cha, an expert on the region, told CNN's Tom Foreman while the payload may in fact be a satellite, it's the technology that's a concern. "The launch vehicle for it is the technology for a ballistic missile. So they may be trying to put a satellite into orbit, but the real purpose of this is a military operation, which is to develop ballistic missiles which can reach as far as the United States."

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