Tuesday, December 11, 2012

North Korea Just Launched "Satelite" (or "Missile" as the Japanese Government Alleges)

Official tweet from the Prime Minister's Official Residence:


Just a short while ago, North Korea's missile, or "satellite", was launched toward southern direction. We will let you know as soon as we get more information.



The missile was launched at about 9:49AM.



It is estimated to fall on the Pacific Ocean about 300 kilometers east of the Philippines.

No, the Japanese government did not shoot it down, though it apparently flew over Okinawa.

Drama and suspense that LDP's Abe may have been hoping for are gone now. Still, his party seems to be duping enough voters and is expected to win the outright majority with the coalition partner Komei Party, who clearly enjoys being in the ruling coalition whether the main party is DPJ or LDP.


Atomfritz said...

According to the DPRK, it was a "second version of Kwangmyongsong-3, a scientific and technological satellite" [*]

There hasn't yet been a confirmation of the "success" of the mission on North Korea's press agency web site "kcna.co.jp".

However, RT says the rocket debris fell down at 10:05 in waters off the Philippines. [**]

"The second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 successfully lifted off from the Sohae Space Center by carrier rocket Unha-3 on Wednesday," the official Korean Central News Agency said. "The satellite entered its preset orbit."

Further, RT reports:
"The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reported that the North Korean missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit, which would fall in line with Pyongyang’s claims about the nature of the launch."

So we can assume that it was indeed a satellite deployment and not a ballistic weapon test.

[*]: http://kcna.co.jp/item/2012/201212/news10/20121210-25ee.html
[**]: http://rt.com/news/north-korea-launches-missile-865/

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arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Thanks Atomfritz for info!

It's more scary that North Korea actually managed to launch a satellite.

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