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Interview: North Korea's ballistic missile test

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26 February 2009 14:56

This morning I spoke with Victoria Samson, a missile expert from the Center for Defense Information, about rumours that North Korea is preparing to test-launch a Taepo-dong 2 ballistic missile.

Actually, it's more than just a rumour now, with North Korea announcing they will conduct what they are calling a satellite launch. The South Koreans are having none of that, saying that whether a missile or a satellite, a launch would be a threatening act. As we get nearer to a launch, various politicians and commentators are likely to call on America to shoot down the missile using its missile defence system.

I asked Victoria Samson about the North Korean test, and whether the US was likely (or even able) to use its missile defence system against it. And with our Government set to decide in the coming months whether we will participate in America's missile defence project, we also talked about whether Australia could get involved in future efforts to shoot down Pyongyang's missiles.

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