Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un watches the historic launch of a satellite in Pyongyang. The pioneering effort sent shockwaves through the imperialist states., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
DPRK Succeeds in Satellite Launch
Pyongyang, December 12 (KCNA) -- The second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 successfully lifted off from the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province by carrier rocket Unha-3 on Wednesday.
The satellite entered its preset orbit.
KCNA Releases Report on Satellite Launch
Pyongyang, December 12 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released the following report Wednesday:
Scientists and technicians of the DPRK successfully launched the second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 into its orbit by carrier rocket Unha-3, true to the last instructions of leader Kim Jong Il.
Carrier rocket Unha-3 with the second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 atop blasted off from the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province at 09:49:46 on December 12, Juche 101(2012). The satellite entered its preset orbit at 09:59:13, 9 minutes and 27 seconds after the lift-off.
The satellite is going round the polar orbit at 499.7 km perigee altitude and 584.18 km apogee altitude at the angle of inclination of 97.4 degrees. Its cycle is 95 minutes and 29 seconds.
The scientific and technological satellite is fitted with survey and communications devices essential for the observation of the earth.
The successful launch of the satellite is a proud fruition of the Workers' Party of Korea's policy of attaching importance to the science and technology. It is also an event of great turn in developing the country's science, technology and economy by fully exercising the independent right to use space for peaceful purposes.
At a time when great yearnings and reverence for Kim Jong Il pervade the whole country, its scientists and technicians brilliantly carried out his behests to launch a scientific and technological satellite in 2012, the year marking the 100th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung.
DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman on Satellite Launch
Pyongyang, December 12 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to questions put by KCNA Wednesday as regards the successful launch of the second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3:
The successful satellite launch in the DPRK was a desire at the behest of general secretary Kim Jong Il and part of peaceful work in line with the country's scientific and technological development plan for the economic construction and improvement of people's living standard.
All the people across the country are greatly excited at the news of the successful launch and progressives are extending sincere congratulations to them.
Hostile forces, however, are showing signs of sinister bid to take issue with the launch for peaceful purposes, while terming it "violation of resolution" of the UN Security Council.
The right to use outer space for peaceful purposes is universally recognized by international law and it reflects the unanimous will of the international community. So this issue is not one over which the UNSC can say this or that.
Only the DPRK's satellite launch is regarded as long-range missile launch for military purposes, "provocation" and cause of increasing tension. This is prompted by the hostility toward the DPRK.
The U.S. over-reacted to the DPRK's satellite launch in April out of hostile feelings which compelled the DPRK to reexamine the nuclear issue as a whole.
The concept of hostility will not be of any help, and confrontation will not help settle anything, either.
We hope that all countries concerned will use reason and remain cool so as to prevent the situation from developing to undesirable direction.
No matter what others say, we will continue to exercise our legitimate right to launch satellites and thus actively contribute to the economic construction and improvement of the standard of people's living while conquering space.
Journalists Visit General Satellite Control and Command Center
Pyongyang, December 12 (KCNA) -- Journalists inspected the General Satellite Control and Command Center in Pyongyang Wednesday after the successful launch of the second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3.
The center is a combined base for observing and controlling satellite of Kwangmyongsong series and a hub for scientific researches essential for the development of the national economy and improvement of people's living standard including earth observation and communications.
The visitors were briefed on the fact that the DPRK manufactured the second version of satellite Kwangmyonggsong-3 and carrier rocket Unha-3 on its own efforts and by its technology and successfully launched the satellite, true to the last instructions of leader Kim Jong Il.
They looked round the general control and command room.
They watched a video showing carrier rocket Unha-3 putting the satellite into orbit.
They heard in great excitement signals of immortal revolutionary hymns "Song of General Kim Il Sung" and "Song of General Kim Jong Il" transmitted from the satellite.
Listening to the explanation about the purpose of the satellite and the significance of its successful launch, the visitors deeply grasped the validity and vitality of the Workers' Party of Korea's policy of attaching importance to science and technology and the importance of the space science in developing the country's science, technology and economy.
DPRK People Delighted at Successful Satellite Launch
Pyongyang, December 12 (KCNA) -- Upon hearing the news of the successful satellite launch, the Korean people are gripped by a great joy.
In this regard, KCNA met Ri Hyon Sil, an official of the C.C., General Federation of Science and Technology of Korea.
"The successful launch represented the implementation of general secretary Kim Jong Il's behests. It is an auspicious event of the nation provided by Generalissimo Kim Jong Il and the dear respected Kim Jong Un.
I think our scientists and technicians have taken a lion's share in implementing Kim Jong Il's behests."
Ryang Thae Gwon, living in Kanggye City, Jagang Province, said:
"The satellite launch was a manifestation of the steadfast will of the Korean people who are ready to make what they are determined to do.
It showed that the building of a thriving nation would be finished in the near future."
Pyongyangites Rejoiced over Successful Launch of Satellite
Pyongyang, December 12 (KCNA) -- At around 12:00 Wednesday, it was reported that the second version of the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 was successfully launched in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The report has given a great pleasure to the local people.
Pak Jong Min, a Pyongyang citizen, told KCNA:
"The satellite's successful launch is of weighty significance in building a thriving nation.
I would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to the satellite's manufacturers."
Ri Tae Ik, living in Taesong District, Pyongyang, said:
"It seemed as if I were seeing the flying of the satellite into the sky.
The news of its successful launch reminds me of general secretary Kim Jong Il, who would be so pleased to see it.
The tireless efforts Kim Jong Il had made in his lifetime has turned the DPRK into a full-fledged satellite state."
DPRK Intellectuals Convinced of Thriving Nation
Pyongyang, December 12 (KCNA) -- Upon hearing the news of the successful launch of another satellite, intellectuals in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have expressed their belief in the building of a thriving nation.
Kang Chol, a department head of Kim Il Sung University, told KCNA:
"The successful satellite launch is one of the biggest achievements scored in the DPRK this year. This represents the steady progress of the DPRK."
Kim Song Il, a researcher at the Branch Academy of Light Industrial Science of the State Academy of Sciences, said:
"The launch reflected the Korean people's yearning for general secretary Kim Jong Il, who paid so much effort to bolstering up the nation's power.
It will encourage the people in the effort to build a thriving socialist nation under the leadership of the dear respected Kim Jong Un."
Pyongyangites Joyful at Successful Satellite Launch
Pyongyang, December 12 (KCNA) -- The successful launch of the second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 has pushed Pyongyang City into a festive mood.
Upon hearing the news, a large number of citizens at Pyongyang Railway Station burst into cheers, hugging each other.
Ri Man Sik, 58, a citizen, told KCNA:
"The news made me feel again high pride of being a member of the Korean nation."
Ro Kwang Hun, living in Central District, said:
"The successful satellite launch is a historic event of weighty significance in defending the sovereignty and interests of the country and achieving its prosperity.
I'll bring into full play patriotism like the scientists and technicians who successfully launched the satellite."
DPRK Workers Encouraged by Successful Satellite Launch
Pyongyang, December 12 (KCNA) -- The news of satellite launch in the DPRK has encouraged the workers in the economic construction.
Jo Jin Hyon, deputy head of a workshop of the Hungnam Fertilizer Complex, told KCNA:
"The news has greatly encouraged us in the drive for increased production.
Today my workshop raised the production results two times higher than usual. The case will be the same with other workshops."
Pyon Song Chol, a dispatcher at the Kaechon Railway Bureau, said:
"Joyful over the news, our railway workers are working overtime irrespective of shifts. The news has also excited the railway travelers.
The transport workers' zeal for increased carriage is running higher. It is likely that the current month's quota of the bureau would be hit earlier than scheduled."
Pyongyangites Overcome by Joy at Successful Satellite Launch
Pyongyang, December 12 (KCNA) -- The news of the successful satellite launch has put Pyongyang citizens into tumult of joy.
Ko Hui Suk, a worker at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium, told KCNA:
"The news made me very happy. The world would be well aware how strong the DPRK's strength is.
Our scientists did a great job for the country."
Jo Hak Jin, living in Pothonggang District, said:
"I would like to express deep thanks to the great Generalissimos who turned the DPRK into a full-fledged satellite state.
The successful launch displayed our country's inexhaustible strength and might of its science and technology."