North Korea made it clear that it may fire a long-range rocket to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party in October. The United States immediately denounced North Korea, saying it is a violation of the U.N. Security Council Resolution. The United States has pointed out that North Korea may carry out cyber attacks, apart from the possibility of a long-range rocket test.
On the 14th, North Korea announced the possibility of a long-range rocket launch through North Korea’s Chosun Central News Agency; at the questions of a reporter, the director of the National Aerospace Development Administration [NADA] of North Korea answered, “NADA is advancing the development of a new remote-sensing satellite for weather forecasting, and so on. The world will clearly see a series of satellites soaring into the sky at the times and locations determined by our central committee.”
“Space development for peaceful purposes is a sovereign state’s legitimate right. The people of North Korea are fully determined to exercise this right no matter what others say,” said the director. This is not the first time for North Korea to disguise a long-range rocket launch as a satellite test. When Pyongyang launched its long-range rocket Kwangmyongsong-2 on April 5, 2009 and Kwangmyongsong-3 on April 13, 2012, they insisted that the tests were part of the plans for a space development program.
Reporter Lee Seul [firstname.lastname@example.org]