Statement by the (North) Korean Committee for Space Technology

[Following the unsuccessful launch of a DPRK satellite into orbit on Friday, 13 April 2012, and a UN Security Council President’s statement on 16 April 2012 condemning the launch and pledging to add  “additional entities and items” to the existing sanctions, the DPRK Foreign Ministry pledged to launch more satellites, and declared that it would no longer be bound by the 29 February agreement with the USA. Numerous North Korean organizations have since made their own statements, in each case adding copious insults against outgoing ROK President Lee Myung Bak. Considering that this was the first time that the DPRK admitted that its satellite launch had failed, we found the following statement by the Korean Committee for Space Technology (KCST) particularly worthy of note. The statement is taken from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) website. –CanKor]

DPRK’s Satellites for Peaceful Purposes to Continue Orbiting Space: KCST Spokesman

Pyongyang, April 19 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the Korean Committee for Space Technology (KCST) Thursday released the following statement:

Unha-3 rocket at launch (photo source unknown)

Since the KCST’s announcement of the planned launch of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 on March 16, the issue of the DPRK’s satellite launch has become topic of debate in the world. Those who sympathize with truth and love justice were unanimous in praising the plan with much expectation. But, the unjust and ill-tempered hostile forces have worked hard to mislead public opinion with groundless assertions and sophism.

The U.S. and Japanese reactionaries and their special class stooge Lee Myung Bak are taking the lead in the smear campaign. It is their brigandish assertion and their lackey’s nonsensical talk that the DPRK should not be allowed to launch a satellite for peaceful purposes. They claim that as Kwangmyongsong-3 was launched by Unha carrier rocket, it was not a satellite but a long-range missile and it, therefore, seriously threatened the U.S. mainland and Japanese archipelago and made south Korea unstable. Finally, they made a far-fetched assertion that the DPRK’s launch of the above-said satellite was “a violation” of the UNSC resolution and a grave “violation” of the DPRK-U.S. agreement and a military “provocation” to them.

We would like to ask them whether the U.S. and other satellite launchers have ever launched their satellites after getting approval from someone and has there ever been a precedent that satellites lifted by carrier rockets of other countries were not termed satellites. Did the U.S. or Japan lift their satellites with puffs of breath or with magic strength?

We have never recognized the UNSC resolution, a product of sinister intentions of the hostile forces. Moreover, it does not contain any paragraph banning satellite launch of the DPRK.

The February 29 DPRK-U.S. agreement has no paragraph banning the satellite launch of the DPRK, except the paragraph which says the U.S. respects the sovereignty of the DPRK and no longer antagonizes it.

The situation goes to prove that it is none other than the U.S., Japanese reactionaries and the Lee group blindly following them that cooked up the illegal resolution and are unilaterally scrapping the bilateral agreement by abusing it in wanton violation of other country’s sovereignty and the fair international order.

No sooner had the UNSC, which has lost impartiality as an international body long ago, again issued its presidential statement finding fault with the DPRK’s satellite launch for peaceful purposes than the Lee Myung Bak group recklessly kicked off a smear campaign to please its master as if it had been waiting for it. This disgusting behavior of the traitor reminiscent of a rabid dog’s desperate barking is shame on the Korean nation.

The KCST clarifies the following principled stand after coolly following the moves of different forces before and after the DPRK’s satellite launch for peaceful purposes:

1. It is necessary to eliminate as early as possible such special class stooges as traitor Lee in order to develop space science and technology of the nation as required by the age of knowledge-based economy. By origin, Lee Myung Bak is an underwit with 2MB of knowledge in terms of science and technology and he lacks even elementary scientific thinking ability. He claimed that the DPRK’s satellite launch was a product of “arms race,” unable to distinguish a satellite from a long-range missile. This is because he is such underwit that he is unable to judge even the most elementary issue of politics and military affair.

He learned peculiar craftiness and disposition as a dealer while living in Japan and became a running dog of the U.S. and Japanese masters. It is quite natural for this guy to lack such great thinking ability as a human being. As it became clear that the north was supposed to launch a satellite, Lee quickly echoed his master’s demand for holding it in check and is now barking like a rabid dog. It is Lee who never misses the chance to bluster “the launch of missile should be checked at any cost” and “there will be international aid and cooperation if the north dismantles nukes and opts for reforms and opening”, unaware of where he stands. Among the successive “masters” of Chongwadae there was no such “immature president,” “foolish president” and “ignorant president” as Lee Myung Bak.

It is by no means fortuitous that the south Korean political and social circles are becoming vocal demanding Lee quit politics as early as possible, describing his four year-term politics as “failed politics”, “wicked politics” and “politics with nothing worth retrospection.” Lee should respond to the desire and demand of the mindset of people by leaving this world, though belatedly. It is the invariable stand of the KCST that such human scum as Lee should be eliminated at an early date to develop space science and technology of the nation.

2. In order to put space science and technology on orbit, it is necessary to shatter all the obstructions of the hostile forces in the field of science and technology, too, and firmly protect the sovereignty of the country. Sovereignty is what keeps the country and the nation alive. Any country and nation deprived of its sovereignty is more dead than alive. That is why the Korean people have as ever struggled with the indomitable faith and will that they cannot abandon the sovereignty of the country and the nation though they may sacrifice their lives.

To launch satellites is the DPRK’s legitimate right to independence and it is an exercise of sovereignty in line with the Outer Space Treaty which stipulates the use of space for peaceful purposes shall be the right of all countries. Accordingly, the U.S. or any other existing satellite launchers are not entitled to interfere in the DPRK’s satellite launch for peaceful purpose. If such arrogant encroachment upon the sovereignty of the DPRK by the U.S. and Japanese reactionaries and their followers are overlooked, they will try to deprive people of the most elementary right to existence, their right to eat, use and live in the long run. It is the ambition of the U.S. and Japanese reactionaries and their followers for domination under the jungle law to deter the DPRK from launching satellites for peaceful purposes if it does not yield to their high-handed and arbitrary practices.

The Korean nation is no longer a miserable weak one in a colony in the past when it regarded sycophancy and ruined nation as its fate. It is no longer a weak country which had been ruthlessly trampled down by big powers after being reduced to a theater for re-dividing colonies. Our socialist country is a full-fledged political and military power which put the dignity of the nation and the sovereignty of the country onto the highest level in the world as it is holding the great men in high esteem. Absolutely intolerable is the outrageous attempt of the U.S. and Japanese reactionaries and their followers to stretch tentacles of aggression and domination even to space.

It is the steadfast stand of the Korean Committee for Space Technology to achieve the equal development of space science and technology by thoroughly protecting the dignity of the nation and the sovereignty of the country.

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