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Satellite/Missile Distinction Irrelevant

first_imgNews By Daily NK – 2009.02.25 3:44pm News The U.S. State Department reminded North Korea and the international community on Tuesday that “UN Security Council Resolution 1718 prohibits the North from engaging in ballistic missile-related activities.”Deputy Spokesman for the U.S. State Department Robert Wood answered questions on the North’s comments which insisted that they were ready to launch a satellite during a daily press briefing, noting that, “Whether it’s a space-launch vehicle or a missile… some of the building blocks for developing a space-launch vehicle and for producing long-range missiles are similar.”This confirmation came in response to North Korea’s continuing insistence that it is making preparations to launch a “test communications satellite,” the “Kwangmyungsung-2,” on a transport rocket called “Eunha-2” as part of a program which a spokesperson for North Korea’s aerospace technology committee described as “based on the plan for national prospects in space development.” On the same day, South Korean Minister of National Defense Lee Sang Hee challenged North Korea to present clear evidence to support its claim, in order to counter suspicions in the South and elsewhere that the North is merely preparing to test a long-range missile under the guise of launching a satellite.To the National Assembly, Lee demanded, “The North claims it is a satellite. Then, it must produce evidence. If it is a satellite, the North must show it to the public,” before pointing out, “Regardless of whether the North launches a satellite or tests a long-range missile, it would pose a security threat to the South as the technology involved is about the same” the Minister added. Minister Lee explained, “When one launches something like a satellite or a ballistic missile, they have to report it according to the International Code of Conduct (ICOC) of the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation and to the International Civil Aviation Organization. If it is an artificial satellite, they have to report it to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and obtain a frequency from the International Telecommunications Union. However, North Korea has joined neither the ICOC of the Hague Code nor the UNOOSA neither. Therefore, at the very least North Korea has to report its activities to the International Telecommunications Union, of which it is a member.” Korea University professor Yoo Ho Yul predicted, “Although the U.S. continues to send warnings to North Korea, the only practical way to control them seems to be U.N. sanctions. North Korea knows that fact very well, so they will launch it at whatever time is right for gaining momentum in negotiations with the U.S.” Facebook Twitter News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR tweet AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] center_img News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China SHARE Satellite/Missile Distinction Irrelevant Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak last_img read more