North Korea satellite launch this April announced, foreign space experts and journalists invited to watch

By on Mar 18, 2012 in Asia, International, Politics, Science Comments

Updated: April 10, 2012 6:15 p.m.

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A North Korea satellite will be launched this April, with foreign space experts and journalists will be invited to watch, which will mark the 100th birthday of its late founding leader Kim Il-sung, grandfather of its leader, Kim Jong-un.

North Korea satellite launch announcement
Image Credit: KCNA/ReutersTV video

As noted at international news sites on Friday, March 16, 2012, North Korean state news agency KCNA announced that day that Pyongyang plans to launch an earth observation satellite next month, which was later criticized by the UN, US as well as other countries.

According to RIA Novosti, North Korea satellite named Kwangmyongsong-3, which will be carried by Unha-3 rocket (known in other countries as Taepodong-2) is scheduled to lift off between April 12 and 16, from a launch pad in Cholsan, a coastal town in the northwest of the country.

“A safe flight orbit has been chosen so that carrier rocket debris to be generated during the flight would not have any impact on neighboring countries.” KCNA was quoted during the announcement, noting that North Korea will strictly abide by relevant international regulations and usage concerning the launch of scientific and technological satellites.

Apparently, the announcement came along at the time of the so-called US-North Korea food aid agreement, which the latter would receive 240,000 metric tons of foodstuffs, in exchange of their stoppage of nuclear tests in Pyongyang.

With this, US and other countries involved in the said agreement noted that North Korea satellite launch will be a violation of the agreement, which a similar launch in 2009 drew international criticism and led to UN Security Council sanctions.

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