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Top NK official might have been punished for problem in missile program: U.S. scholar

2013/08/06 05:57

By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (Yonhap) -- As speculation grows over the drawn-out absence of a top North Korean communist party official from public events, an American academic said Monday it might be associated with a possible setback to Pyongyang's road-mobile missile program.

"In my judgment, North Korea aborted the planned Musudan test last April because of some technical glitches discovered in its untested missile system at the pre-launch stage," said Alexandre Mansourov, a visiting scholar at the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.