North Korea’s young despot, Kim Jong-un, shown here aboard a

military vessel. While this article from the government mouthpiece

Korean Central News Agency strikes a more conciliatory tone than

usual, it gives no indication that Pyongyang intends to cancel a

rocket launch scheduled for next month.



Korean Central News Agency, North Korea

U.S. President Has ‘Misperception’ About ‘Peaceful’ Satellite Launch


Is global concern about North Korea’s upcoming launch of a rocket capable of carrying a nuclear warhead just a great big misunderstanding? According to this surprisingly conciliatory news item from the state-run Korean Central News Agency, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry insists that the launch, which it maintains is for peaceful purposes, was not part of the deal it signed with Washington last month, and in any case has no military purpose.


March 27, 2012


North Korea - Korean Central News Agency – Original Article (English)

Why is the world concerned about North Korea's upcoming 'peaceful' rocket launch? This North Korea propaganda poster may give readers some indication.


BBC NEWS VIDEO: At Nuclear Security Summit, South Korea's pledges to avert nuclear 'perils', March 27, 00:01:46RealVideo

Pyongyang: On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry gave the following response to a question from the Korean Central News Agency in regard to unjust assertions by the U.S. president about the planned satellite launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK]:


The chief executive of the United States called the DPRK's planned launch of a satellite in the pursuit of peaceful scientific and technological development a provocation and threat to international peace and security. This is a misperception on his part.


The United States may claim that it harbors no hostility toward the DPRK, but it has yet to alter its inveterate notion of confrontation. That is the reason it regards a peaceful satellite launch as a test of a long-range missile.


The DPRK invited foreign experts and journalists to observe the satellite launch for themselves, so as to transparently prove the peaceful nature of this scientific and technological operation, and that it is to utilize space irrelevant to any military purpose. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea also invited experts from America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration in order for them to witness the peaceful nature of the satellite launch for themselves.


The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States exerted great effort to sign an agreement to create a favorable situation. That is why there would be no reason whatsoever for the DPRK to launch a long-range missile at this time.



China Daily, China: Obama Makes North Korean Rocket Launch More Likely
Mainichi Shimbun, Japan: Nuclear-Armed Japan is Not Out of the Question
The Hankyoreh, South Korea: Nuclear Summit Must Resist ‘Nuclear Power Mafia’
Yonhap, South Korea: Obama Warns North Launch will Bring Greater Isolation
News, Switzerland: Obama's Best Option for Koreas: Send Envoy to Pyongyang
News, Switzerland: Pyongyang Makes a Play for Direct Ties with Americans
Opera Mundi, Brazil: Can America Secure a North Korean Nuclear 'Reversal'?
Rodong Sinmun, North Korea: Imperialist Sanctions 'Should Be Smashed'
Moskovskiye Novosti, Russia: 'Russia's Place in a Changing World,' By Vladimir Putin

Rodong Sinmun, North Korea: 'U.S. Warmongers' Foolish to Hope to Change North

Jong-A Ilbo, S. Korea: Why the Kim Jong-un Regime is 'Doomed'

Jong-A Ilbo, S. Korea: U.S.,China Must Resist Urge to Meddle after Kim's Death

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany: Secret of America's Counterfeit 'Supernotes'

Korean Central, North Korea: The U.S. 'Should Be Cursed' By All Koreans

Korean Central, North Korea: 'Japanese Militarists' Prepare for Reinvasion of Korea



It was the desire of [the late] General Secretary Kim Jong-il to launch a working satellite marking the 100th birthday of his father, President Kim Il-sung. It is a project that was planned long ago.


At the high-level talks, the DPRK consistently maintained that a moratorium on long-range missile launches does not include peaceful satellite launches. As a result, the agreement signed by the two countries on February 29 specified a moratorium on long-range missile launches, not "satellite launches" or "all launches that utilize ballistic missile technology."


The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will not give up its peaceful satellite launch, which is a legitimate right of all sovereign states and an essential requirement for economic development.



The U.S. chief executive says that he has no hostility toward the DPRK. If he was sincere, he would drop America’s confrontational notion of standing in the way of the DPRK, and belatedly acknowledge its right to launch satellites.

Posted by Worldmeets.US


Whether or not the U.S. applies double standards to the satellite launch will determine the sincerity of the U.S. chief executive's remarks.




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