North Korea seeks ballistic missile exports: report
SEOUL, Dec 12 (AFP) - 03:53 GMT - Cash-strapped North Korea hopes to export medium-range ballistic missiles despite a moratorium on new test launches, South Korean reports said Sunday.
The first client of North Korea's "Daepodong" missile with an estimated range of 1,380 kilometers (828 miles) will likely be Iran, Seoul's Yonhap news agency said.
It quoted diplomatic sources as saying the price tag of each Daepodong missile would be six million dollars.
North Korea has been suspected of exporting missiles to Pakistan and the Middle East. South Korean experts believe the Stalinist nation has built at least ten Daepodong missiles.
Its suspected exports have been the subject of international concern since what was believed to be a Taepodong-I was fired over Japan in August last year.
Pyongyang froze its missile tests in September in return for the partial lifting of US economic sanctions.
The freeze prompted the resumption of rapproachment talks between Washington and Pyongyang, which fought during the 1950-53 Korean War.
US special envoy Charles Kartman will make a five-day visit here from Tuesday to consult South Korean officials on preparations for high-level political talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
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