DPRK top leader commands satellite launch on-scene: report
PYONGYANG, Dec 13, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Kim Jong Un, top leader of the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), personally commanded
Wednesday's satellite launch at the Pyongyang General Satellite
Control Command Center and observed the whole launching process,
the official news agency KCNA reported earlier Friday.
Kim issued the final written order on the launch of
Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite to the Korean Committee of Space
Technology at 8 am Wednesday, gave the launch order at the Command
Center at 9 am and observed whole launching process, said the
Kim said the successful launch of the satellite "served as an
occasion showed at home and abroad the unshakable stand of the
DPRK to exercise its legitimate right of using space for peaceful
purposes and developing the country's science, technology and
He spoke highly of the ardent loyalty and patriotic devotion
made by scientists and technicians, pledging to continue launching
satellites in the future and bring about a fresh turn in
The "Juche (self-reliant) Satellite", developed by the country'
s own strength and technology, has consolidated DPRK's status as a
space power, said Kim, adding the proud victory has shown the
country's high scientific level in spite of disadvantageous winter
Kim, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK),
first chairman of the National Defense Commission (NDC) of the
DPRK, had been accompanied by Jang Song Thaek, member of the
Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and vice-
chairman of the NDC, and Pak To Chun, member of the Political
Bureau and secretary of the WPK Central Committee.
According to the KCNA, the second version of Kwangmyongsong-3
was launched by an Unha-3 carrier rocket at 9:49 a.m. local time (
0049 GMT) Wednesday from the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County,
North Phyongan Province, and entered the preset orbit.
This was the DPRK's second satellite launch after Kim took
power. The previous one in April ended in failure.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the
country's late leader Kim Il Sung, and Dec. 17 marks the first
anniversary of the death of the DPRK's previous leader, Kim Jong
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