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Topic - Matthew Hoey
North Korea's successful launch of a weather satellite proves that the secretive communist nation could develop a multistage ballistic missile capable of reaching parts of the United States, potentially with a nuclear warhead, analysts said Wednesday.
The Obama administration is negotiating with the European Union on an agreement limiting the use of anti-satellite weapons, a move that some critics say could curb U.S. development of space weapons in general.
The Unha-3 launch was "a successful proof of concept for the Taepodong-2 ballistic missile," said space technology analyst Matthew Hoey.
The final stage of the rocket "is the part everyone's worried about, because it's the part that comes back to earth with the bomb on it," Mr. Hoey said.