North Korea has announced to launch a Satellite in April. This satellite will launch in space through a long-range rocket. This decision will be treated as jeopardize the old agreement with the U.S. which was imposed on North Korea after launching a similar rocket in April 2009.
South Korea and other critics says that the rocket launching technology overlaps with belligerent uses and condemn the satellite program of testing military missiles of a U.N. ban.
US has not give any reaction on this recent announcement.
“The window for the launch is important in terms of the domestic politics of the North,” said Daniel Pinkston, an expert on North Korea’s weapons programs at the International Crisis Group.
Pyongyang announced that the satellite will be launched between12 to 16 April’12. The launch of a satellite built by indigenous technology is designed “to mark the 100th birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung.” This is the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the country’s founder and grandfather of its leader, Kim Jong-un. North Korea has plan to promoting this anniversary to show as a strong and prosperous nation.
“Legally, Pyongyang is within its rights to launch a satellite. But politically, this announcement is a slap in the face to the Americans,” argued John Delury, a professor at Yonsei University. “If Pyongyang is serious about building a new relationship with the United States, they need to take concrete steps to demonstrate this is in fact a satellite launch, and that would include inviting monitors.”
“The DPRK will strictly abide by relevant international regulations and usage concerning the launch of scientific and technological satellites for peaceful purposes and ensure maximum transparency, thereby contributing to promoting international trust and co-operation in the field of space scientific researches and satellite launches.”
“The North Korean announcement is disappointing particularly in consideration of the efforts by the U.S. and South Korea to improve the situation and try to find a way to resume the six-party talks,” said Park Chan-bong, a policy adviser in South Korea’s ruling New Frontier Party and former negotiator with the North.
“A safe flight orbit has been chosen so that carrier rocket debris to be generated during the flight would not have any impact on neighboring countries,” Korea Central News Agency, the North’s state-run news service, said Friday.
The North’s announcement said it will “strictly abide by relevant international regulations and usage concerning the launch of scientific and technological satellites for peaceful purposes and ensure maximum transparency.”
Kim, the “eternal president,” was the dictator of North Korea and ruling the country from its founding in 1948 until his death in 1994. After his death his son Kim Jong Il, led North Korea til his death last year.