North Korea will push for the launch of a new and bigger rocket as part of a five-year space program despite last week’s failed launch, a pro-North Korean newspaper in Japan said.
The North last week carried out a rocket test that ended in failure, disintegrating in mid-air soon after blast-off and plunging into the sea in a major embarrassment for the reclusive state.
The launch drew international condemnation despite Pyongyang insisting it was intended to put a satellite into orbit for peaceful purposes.
The Choson Sinbo, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper, said today that the launch was part of the North’s five-year space rocket program which began this year and is aimed at helping the country’s “economic development”.
It quoted an unnamed official involved in the North’s rocket program as saying Pyongyang would develop a bigger rocket than the one launched last week, the Unha-3.
“(North Korean) scientists and engineers will never give up” despite the failed launch, Choson Sinbo said.
North Korea has been developing missiles for decades both for what it terms self-defence and as a lucrative export commodity.
Kim Jong-Un seems worse than his father! Shame!