North Korea notified both the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) of its plans to launch a satellite from the Sohae space centre, in the far north-west of the impoverished but technologically developed country, between 7am and midday local time at some point during a 20-day window from February 8, 2016 . . .
Pyongyang claims the space vehicle will put observation satellite into orbit, but analysts say launch is a test of a long-range ballistic missile – and Japan says it will shoot down North Korean rocket if it threatens its territory.
Photo: North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, which according to Pyongyang, is the North Korean Earth observation satellite | 2012.
Whither Pyongyang with all these belligerent and aggressive postures – which further isolates the country from majority of humanity and endangers the volatile Korean Peninsula?
Reports indicate that North Korea’s neighbors reacted with anger amid suspicions the launch was really cover for the test of a long-range ballistic missile.
North Korea activity points to possible Space Launch or Missile Test
Note: You may have to get an interpreter to interpret the news report in the video footage below:
The Japanese government immediate said its defence minister had ordered it to be shot down with the country’s ballistic missile defence system, which includes PAC-3 surface-to-air anti-ballistic missiles, and similar SM-3 systems aboard warships, if it threatened Japanese territory.
In a terse statement read by Cho Tae-Yong, a senior national security official at the presidential Blue House, South Korea (North Korea’s neighbor & adversary) condemned the plan stating inter alia:
“Should the North push ahead with the long-range missile launch, which would pose a grave threat to peace and security in the region and the world, it would have to pay the price dearly.”
The anticipated launch is expected to trigger renewed condemnation of the regime of Kim Jong-un, but the international community has so far failed to come up with meaningful sanctions against the North in the aftermath of its fourth underground nuclear test.
China offered only a mild rebuke for its wayward ally, confirming what many observers predicted – that the launch plans would not mark any shift in policy from Beijing.
“We express serious concerns about it,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters at a regular press briefing in the Chinese capital.
There are concerns over the expected North Korean space rocket launch from February 8, 2016. CNN spotlights North Korea’s impending launch of a suspected belligerent foray into space in a video footage, below: