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Guess what country full of starving people claims it is building a space program?

NORTH Korea has declared it is actively pursuing a space program, amid reports from US and South Korean officials that Pyongyang is preparing to test fire a long-range missile.

Rodong Sinmun, the official daily of the ruling communist party, said the North had every right to develop a space program, as a member of the international community.

"The DPRK's (North Korea) policy of advancing to space for peaceful purposes is a justifiable aim that fits the global trend of the times. There is no power in the world that can stop it," the newspaper said in an editorial.

"As long as developing and using space are aimed at peaceful purposes and such efforts contribute to enhancing human beings' happiness, no one in the world can find fault with them."

It noted that Iran on Monday successfully launched a satellite carried by a home-built rocket, setting alarm bells ringing among Western powers because of the implications for the range of its ballistic missiles.

I think it is a great idea. As long as Kim Jong-il flies the first craft into orbit. The world would be so much better off without him.

Hat tip- GI at ROK Drop who writes- "The big question is that why does the international community have moral responsbility to send hundreds of millions of dollars in food and aid to North Korea every year when they have enough money to start a "space program"?"


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"The big question is that w... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"The big question is that why does the international community have moral responsbility to send hundreds of millions of dollars in food and aid to North Korea every year when they have enough money to start a "space program"?"

Yeah, good question. Too bad politicians are too fucking stupid to ask it.

It would be good if little ... (Below threshold)
MPR:

It would be good if little Kim was the first astro-nut. However, he would probably get too ronery.

Re: the Moon - I think Ralp... (Below threshold)
epador:

Re: the Moon - I think Ralph Kramden would be happy to send him there- "Bang!! Zoom!!"

The international community... (Below threshold)
Matt:

The international community does not have the moral responsibility to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in food and aid to North Korea. North Korea's problems belong to them and China alone. The only moral responsibility the international community might have is letting the north korean peoples be held captive by successive madmen for so long.

A space program by any other name is a program to develope ICBM technology. If you can put a payload into space, you can deorbit the same payload to pretty much anywhere you want. Iran has just demonstrated the same thing (if true) with a successful launch of a space missile.

Perhaps they took the made-... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Perhaps they took the made-for-TV movie "Salvage" a little too seriously.

"It noted that Iran on ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

"It noted that Iran on Monday successfully launched a satellite carried by a home-built rocket,

Well, that's debatable, U.S. officials claim Iran's attempt failed when the second stage failed to light.

Beyond that, it's time to strengthen the economic sanctions against NK.

Obviously, at least one company hasn't been covered.




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