DPRK’s Satellite Launch Not Contradictory to DPRK-U.S. Agreement — KCNA


[The following article appeared on KCNA (Korean Central News Agency), North Korea’s official international news outlet. In contrast to most Western news outlets and pronouncements by the Republic of Korea and the US State Department, North Korea claims that the intended launch of an earth-orbiting satellite to mark the 100th anniversary of founding President Kim Il Sung’s birth does not contradict the DPRK’s unilateral moratorium on missile tests. In fact, in an unusual concession to international concern, the DPRK has released details about the timing of the launch and its intended trajectory on a similar path as South Korea’s attempted satellite launch in 2009. In addition–again unprecedented–the DPRK has invited international observers to the launch. It is also interesting to note that although the US negotiators have since before Kim Jong Il’s death warned that such a launch would be in contravention of UN sanctions, this article blames only the South Korean government and President Lee Myung-bak for the furor over its decision. –CanKor]

Taepodong-2 missile (photo by KCNA)

Pyongyang, March 19 (KCNA) — The south Korean puppet forces are busy with an odd smear campaign over the issue of DPRK’s launch of Kwangmyongsong-3.

Afloat on Saturday alone were rumors aimed to disturb negotiations between the DPRK and the U.S.

Dong-A Ilbo said “the north reduced the north Korea-U.S. agreement to a scrap of paper in 15 days”. Kukmin Ilbo asserted “this is little short of violating the agreement reached at the DPRK-U.S. high-level talks even before the ink of their signature was dry” and KBS noted “this showed the north’s will to take initiative, while boosting its negotiating power”, etc.

Then why are they claiming the satellite to be launched by the DPRK is an inter-continental ballistic missile and it is a violation of the agreement reached at the DPRK-U.S. high-level talks on February 29?

This can be explained by the political aims sought by the Lee Myung Bak “government” nearing its end.

The Lee group cannot but feel afraid of the results of dialogue and negotiations between the DPRK and U.S. more than anything else. It is seized with uneasiness for fear that it may be forsaken by its master, finding itself with no one to relay on, and may be elbowed out even in the discussion of the regional issues.

It was against this backdrop that the puppet forces seized the DPRK’s announcement of its projected launch of satellite as a golden chance to egg the U.S. neo-conservative forces on to drive the DPRK-U.S. talks into a collapse and cling again to the coattails of their U.S. master.

This can be proved by their unusual propaganda claiming that “the DPRK’s satellite launch is a provocative plan contrary to the points agreed upon between the north and the U.S.” and “the possibility of dialogue and negotiations is doubtful.”

This is no more than a petty trick of the stupid and ignorant guys.

Explicitly speaking, the DPRK’s launch of satellite has nothing to do with the above-said agreement.

The DPRK has already decided to put moratorium on nuclear test, long-range missile launch and uranium enrichment in Nyongbyon while fruitful talks are under way and allow the IAEA to monitor it.

It opened to the public its plan for the launch on the basis of the legitimate rights of all countries to use outer space for peaceful purposes and sent necessary information to international organizations according to the international regulations and procedures.

The DPRK’s plan for satellite launch poses no problem as it is prompted by its noble desire to put the country’s up-to-the-minute science and technology on a higher level and thus reinforce the mainstay for building a socialist power and make a contribution to prosperity of the Korean nation and that common to humankind.

The launch of the working satellite is an issue fundamentally different from that of a long-range missile.

More than 100 space vehicles are put into the orbit around the earth by carrier rockets in a year on an average worldwide. How can the puppet and other hostile forces explain this fact.

High vigilance is required against their false propaganda.

In the past, the hostile forces floated story about “suspected uranium enrichment” in a bid to scuttle the DPRK-U.S. dialogue and render the situation extremely tense and this compelled the DPRK to have access to nukes. This lesson taught by history should not be forgotten.

The DPRK’s sovereignty and right to existence can be firmly guaranteed by itself. -0-

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