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New paint job, same old problems: North Korea's rockets, missiles show little progress
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ' Analysts sifting through information on North Korea's failed rocket launch say it suggests Pyongyang has learned little about spaceflight since its last flubbed attempt three years ago, and that it's a long way from being able to threaten the continental United States with a long-range missile.
The experts also said an apparently new missile North Korea showed off at a military parade Sunday did not seem to present any major leap forward. Some were more interested in the truck it was carried on.
North Korea's rocket shots in 1998, 2006 and 2009 also failed. Neil Hansen, of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, says the biggest difference he could see in Friday's launch attempt was that the rocket had a different number painted on its side.