North Korea tells U.N. agencies it plans satellite launch

by By Ju-min Park and Tony Munroe  |  published on February 3, 2016

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un organizes and guides a combined joint drill of the units under KPA Combined Units 572 and 630 in this undated file photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November 23, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA/Files

North Korea notified U.N. agencies on Tuesday that it plans to launch a satellite later this month, which could advance the isolated country’s development of long-range missile technology.

Pyongyang conducted its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6 in defiance of United Nations sanctions, and last launched a long-range rocket in December 2012, sending an object it described as a communications satellite into orbit.

Western and Asian experts have said that launch was part of an effort to build an intercontinental ballistic missile.

North Korea is under U.N. sanctions for its nuclear and missile programmes, and countries including the United States and South Korea are seeking fresh sanctions after Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test last month.

  • KDC

    Too bad they don’t send their dictator up with it! Hope they have the same outcome as they’ve had in the past.

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