What Lies Beneath?

When North Korea bought a dozen rusting Russian submarines in 1993, some observers worried that the scrap-metal hulks still carried enough high-tech equipment to help the North learn how to build its own submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Eleven years later, those fears may have been borne out: according to a report last week in Jane's Defense Weekly, North Korea is deploying missiles built with know-how gleaned from the subs and from Russian missile scientists. (Russian officials last week denied the country's scientists were involved.) With an expected range of at least 2,500 km, the missiles could threaten the continental U.S.—although some experts...

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