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North Korea announces new satellite launch

Iran Press TV

Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:27AM

North Korea's National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA) says Pyongyang is in the 'final phase' of developing and launching a new satellite.

'The NADA is pushing forward at a final phase the development of a new earth observation satellite,' North's KCNA news agency quoted the director of the NADA as saying on Monday.

He added that the "world will clearly see a series of satellites of Songun Korea soaring into the sky" on dates and locations to be determined by the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK). Songun is North Korea's 'military first' policy, prioritizing the army in the affairs of state and allocation of resources.

The NADA director refrained from giving further information on launch schedules but -- according to widespread speculation -- launching may coincide with the 70th anniversary of the WPK on October 10.

'Space development for peaceful purposes is a sovereign state's legitimate right... and the people (of North Korea) are fully determined to exercise this right no matter what others may say about it,' he added.

Back in May, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed to launch more satellites into orbit despite international sanctions, urging the country's experts and technicians to do their utmost to "glorify the (North) as a space power."

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