2nd LD: DPRK confirms failure of satellite launch
PYONGYANG, Apr 13, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
An earth observation satellite
launched by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) early
Friday morning failed to enter its preset orbit, the official KCNA
news agency reported.
DPRK scientists and technicians are looking into the cause of
the failure, the KCNA said.
The Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite, carried by a long-range Unha-3
rocket, was launched at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in
Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province, at 07:38 a.m. local time
(2238 GMT Thursday), the KCNA said.
"The earth observation satellite failed to enter its preset
orbit.Scientists, technicians and experts are now looking into the
cause of the failure," the KCNA said.
The DPRK announced last month that it would launch a satellite
between April 12 and April 16 to mark the 100th birthday of late
leader Kim Il Sung, which falls on April 15.
The failed launch has aroused international concerns, with the
United States, Japan and South Korea all condemning the move,
which they regard as having breached relevant UN resolutions.
After the launch, the Chinese Foreign Ministry urged all sides
to remain "calm" and exercise "restraint."
"We hope all relevant parties can maintain calm and restraint,
and refrain from acts that would harm peace and stability on the
Peninsula as well as that of the region," Foreign Ministry
Spokesman Liu Weimin said in a statement.
The DPRK said its launch was for peaceful purposes and would
not harm the region or neighboring countries. It also invited a
group of journalists early Wednesday to visit the General
Satellite Control and Command Center, about 20 km northwest of
On April 5, 2009, the DPRK conducted a similar launch which,
according to the KCNA, successfully put the Kwangmyongsong-2
communication satellite into orbit.
But some countries, including South Korea, Russia and the
United States, claimed that the launch was a failure. The launch
led to tightened sanctions on the DPRK.
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