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Thursday, December 13, 2012

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un Orders Additional Orbital Satellite Launches in New Year

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un has ordered his military to prepare more rockets as he stressed the need "to launch satellites in the future... to develop the country's science, technology and economy", according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and reported by the Yonhap News Agency in South Korea.

Kim sent a personally signed approval for North Korean scientists to launch the rocket on Wednesday, and later visited a control center outside Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, to oversee the procedure, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.

The launch “cemented our position as a space technology powerhouse by indisputably demonstrating that our nation has climbed the pinnacle of world-class advanced technology,” Kim was quoted as saying, adding that the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite was “built with our technology and wisdom alone.”
The North’s “peaceful space program” resulted from its policy of “developing scientific technology and the economy,” Kim said. “We must continue to launch satellites.”
Despite American sources reporting that the North Korean satellite "tumbles out of control", South Korea said on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2012, the satellite by North Korea's long-range rocket was in operational orbit, confirming the apparent success of Pyongyang's stated space mission.
"It is not yet known what kind of mission the satellite is conducting. It usually takes two weeks to evaluate whether a satellite is successful. For the time being, it is working normally," Kim said.
NPR provides more details as to the North Korean challenge to control the orbital satellite.

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