North Korea to launch rocket in December—KCNA


SEOUL—North Korea plans to launch a long-range rocket between December 10 and 22, the North’s official news agency said Saturday.

In a statement carried by Korean Central News Agency, the Korean Committee for Space Technology said it planned to launch a working satellite after scientists had studied mistakes made during a failed rocket launch in April.

“Scientists and technicians of the DPRK analyzed the mistakes that were made during the previous April launch and deepened the work of improving the reliability and precision of the satellite and carrier rocket, thereby rounding off the preparations for launch,” it said.

The rocket was intended to put a polar-orbiting earth observation satellite into orbit, it said.

In April, North Korea failed with a much-hyped launch of an Unha-3 rocket that Pyongyang also said was aimed at placing a satellite in orbit.

The United States and United Nations insisted it was a disguised ballistic missile test using a three-stage variant of the Taepodong-2 inter-continental ballistic missile.

The April test put a halt to the latest international effort to engage North Korea, with the United States calling off plans to deliver badly needed food assistance.

The UN Security Council Thursday warned North Korea against carrying out another launch bid after intense speculation that it was preparing for a new missile test.

“We all agree it would be extremely inadvisable to proceed with the test,” the head of the North Korea sanctions committee at the council, Portuguese ambassador Jose Filipe Moraes Cabral told reporters.

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  • Ben

    This is getting more fun in the Philippines if the North also launch their missiles in the direction of the Philippines. I think this is also a good time to activate R&D in the Philippines to research anti ballistic missile in order to protect our sovereignty from being assaulted by unfriendly fire….

    • buttones

      Ben, do we have Space development agency in PH? A sort of NASA thingy?

      • Ben

        Realistically, no. But we do have research in missile technology, the basic elements of research is in there. Space agency will follow next if the country post success in its activation of research. The country spend a miniscule amount in R& D amounting to approx. .01% of the GNP. This research might take years and may need more funds  but even a child have to start from a scratch to learn and become an expert…..I`m sure the Philippine have that capability like any nation does, it just needs political will to set things right and set the national motivation of the country….most importantly, the academe and the DOST to wake up from its deep slumber.

      • buttones

        But don’t we have some sort aerospace agency? I thought we had, what about PADC? What do those people do? I would have thought, given the fact that missile technology is about as old as our democracy, we might have caught on by now? I’m sure, like you are that we can grasp this technology, even NK are ahead of us. It is, I guess, as you say a question of investment in R&D , it would be a proud day indeed we put our own satellite communication system into orbit, launched from whatever platform. Of course we are capable of learning, it seems to me political will is simply not interested, from them the funds actually flow, and it seems to me also that the fate of this nation is based on the lifetime of a politician. Ok, given the fact that 25% of this nation do not even have a toilet to pee in, and I’m rambling on about launching communication satellites does seem a bit incongruous… guilty as charged. You said it, it’s actually political will do things, seems to me this ’will’ simply does not exist….

      • Ben

        ” I would have thought, given the fact that missile technology is about as old as our democracy, we might have caught on by now?”

        …you know what I`m also thinking about that. But, the character of the filipinos are so unpredictable, EDSA 1, 2, 3 and 4 for example they never learned…El Fil and Noli Me Tangere in the spanish time are still very much current in this time…and basically Filipinos unconsciously sabotage their own progress ..mostly nosediving as the history of the Philippines indicated ..always repeating the same mistakes. And what ever is the national character of this country, you will also see it in how they manage any programs in the country…boom and then bust and the cycles goes on…the research in missile technology is or aerospace as you may be asking me can be a victim of that boom and bust….just like the nuclear energy….many scientists were sent in India to study and operate the nuke plant but was just became a white elephant and the scientists? Disappeared and absorbed by other countries….

      • buttones

        Ben , it seems to me that the reason for this stop start ‘progress’ we have lies in our feudal past [with a dash of theocracy rule for good measure]- families in competition with one another for their own interests, land, and more latterly votes. If you look at say the UK, arguably the mother of democracy, over the years you see a pattern of certain common interests, a national one- involving education, social services, housing, healthcare and so on. These things garner votes. Looking at western democracy I see two basic sides, it’s quite clear, one represents capital and the other represents labor. Ok it maybe the case the right have gone so far left, and the left have gone so far right they have ended up with some sort of bland ideology in the middle but non the less, the national interest I mentioned are still there. In PH, after being absent for half my life, I cannot get a grasp on which political parties represent what, other than a family interest- I have no idea what they stand for.
        It is evident that we do spend an extraordinary effort on barking on about the past, our future does lay in the past, is this preoccupation designed to evoke some sort of national unity? I don’t think it does.. On managing programs, from aerospace to local self help programs we have an appalling record- non of them ever worked! The ideas were fine but the follow up is non existent. The last incoming administration wiped out certain programs of the previous one, on the basis these were all nonsensical and corrupt anyway. Even now we do not know this was true. It is a continuity of purpose that will drive us forward, education, health, social services, national programs of defense, development generally are all, apolitical. There is a communality in all of these things- but it seems not to be because one program was started by a political enemy and must be stopped, it may have been a good one but that hardly matters.
        Is the characteristic of a Filipino so unpredictable? There is a case to argue that we are so predictable, our tradpols know this very well , they can read us like a book…

  • buttones

    Given the fact that the world is going to end on the 21st of Dec. I can’t really grasp the point of launching rockets anyway… mind you, the leader of this nation, voted as the sexiest man on the planet, and China agreed [missing the satire completely, as only Chinamen can do] I guess we should all keep out heads down…

  • buttones

    It seems that NK ‘scientists’ have discovered a grave of Unicorns close to their capital [it’s in all the national newspapers] – which is rather odd actually, because unicorns are mythical creatures- they never actually existed [which is why they are called ‘mythical’ ] a fact that escapes the leader of this ‘great nation’ .. Next thing we know they are going to be horses with wings in the next May Day parade…. This nation is NOT well! But it is an illustration of Orwellian theory, it can actually be done…I’m not saying there is a comparison to the blind following of our electorate in PH, bedazzled with buttons and bows, heroes too many to mention, and saints too may to even cobble dogs with, but it’s close……

  • princeipeazul

    Better if they launch the rocket first before they announce it to the world. It may be a failure again. xD

  • arn_arn

    We all know that they(North Korea) wanted to develop an Inter Continental Ballistic Missile that would reach US and Europe..

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