Monday, April 9, 2012

NoKor rocket in position at launch pad

North Korea's long-range rocket is positioned at launch pad on Monday in Tongchang-ri.

The communist country insisted the rocket will only aim to send a peaceful sattelite, in celebration of the 100th birthday of their late president Kim Il-sung. NoKor said the launch was planned a long time ago and is not doing it for provocative purposes.

NoKor officials said the rocket would propel the Kwangmyongsong-3 (Shining Star) satellite into orbit to observe the earth and collect data on forests and natural resources in impoverished but nuclear-armed North Korea.

The U.S., Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, and many other nations have condemned the move, as any missile would contravene United Nations sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea's missile program.

It was feared that refrigerator-sized debris from the rocket will pass by and hit the Philippines, specifically in Catanduanes and Camarines, by the time of its successful launch.

The rocket is 30 meters high and with a diameter of 2.5 meters.

Responding to questions on how much the space program was costing North Korea while its population was suffering chronic malnutrition, Jang stressed the importance of technological development for the country.

"No matter how much you are hungry, you have to continue to develop technology, as without it you will become the most under-developed country in the world,"

With source from AFP.

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