Posted by: Josh
Salon points out that the name “Taepodong” is simply what US intelligence analysts designated North Korea’s long-range missiles when they were first discovered in the Taepodong region.
The official North Korean name for the missiles is Paektusan. They’re named after the highest mountain in Korea, which also happens to be the locus of Korea’s mythic founding, not to mention the place where Kim Jong-il was supposedly born, though he was actually most likely born in the Soviet Union.
Thanks for the link, Daniel!