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North Korea vows to launch more satellites

30 October 2017

North Korea has vowed to launch more satellites into space as part of a five-year National Space Development Plan, which, it claims, is aimed at boosting economic development and improving people's lives.

The Rodong Sinmun newspaper – the daily of the Workers’ Party of Korea – reported on 30 October that the programme includes the development of the northeast Asian country’s own satellite communication system by June 2019.

The paper also criticised “the United States and its followers” for “imposing various unreasonable conditions” hampering North Korea’s development of space technology.

On 7 February 2016 North Korea launched a long-range rocket to put its Kwangmyongsong-4 (‘Bright Star 4’) satellite into orbit.

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