North Korea Plans 'Peaceful' Launch of 'Polar-Orbiting Earth Observation Satellite'
10:56 AM, Dec 1, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
North Korea plans to launch a satellite into orbit later this month, the rogue state announced today.
"In the announcement attributed to a spokesman for the Korean Committee for Space Technology, North Korea said the rocket would carry a 'polar-orbiting earth observation satellite' for 'peaceful scientific and technological' purposes," reports the Los Angeles Times.
In a statement released today, the State Department says the launch "would be a highly provocative act that threatens peace and security in the region."
"A North Korean 'satellite' launch would be a highly provocative act that threatens peace and security in the region," the State Department's statement reads. "Any North Korean launch using ballistic missile technology is in direct violation of UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1718 and 1874."