Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. 24/7 Space News .




NUKEWARS
N. Korea says it may delay controversial rocket launch
by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP) Dec 9, 2012


N. Korea stops rocket launch preparations: report
Seoul (AFP) Dec 9, 2012 - North Korea has stopped all preparations for a rocket launch at a site in the country's northwest, a South Korean official told Yonhap News Agency on Sunday.

The report came after North Korea said earlier Sunday it may delay the much-criticised launch, that was originally scheduled for as early as this week, with analysts saying the postponement could be due to technical problems.

Scientists were "now seriously examining the issue of readjusting the launching time of the satellite for some reasons", the Korean Committee of Space Technology said in a statement carried by state media.

Analysts said technical problems or snow, rather than overseas political pressure, are likely to be behind the delay in what the North calls a satellite launch, originally scheduled for between December 10 and 22.

The United States, and allies South Korea and Japan, say Pyongyang was planning a disguised ballistic missile test that violates UN resolutions triggered by its two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

North Korea said it may delay a much-criticised rocket launch originally scheduled for as early as Monday, as analysts say its efforts to mark a key anniversary were hampered by technical troubles.

Scientists were "now seriously examining the issue of readjusting the launching time of the satellite for some reasons", the Korean Committee of Space Technology said in a statement carried by state media Sunday.

The committee gave no further details.

In a report late Sunday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing a government official in Seoul, said the North had stopped all preparations at the launch site in the country's northwest.

Analysts said technical problems or snow, rather than overseas political pressure, are likely to be behind the delay in what the North calls a satellite launch, originally scheduled for between December 10 and 22.

Some said the North's new leader, Kim Jong-Un, may have been rushing the blast-off in a bid to mark the first anniversary of the death of his father and ex-ruler Kim Jong-Il on December 17.

The impoverished but nuclear-armed nation insists the long-range rocket launch -- its second this year after a much-hyped but botched mission in April -- is for peaceful scientific purposes.

But the United States, and allies South Korea and Japan, say Pyongyang plans a disguised ballistic missile test that violates UN resolutions triggered by its two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

"Sunday's announcement was only made by scientific authorities, meaning the most likely reason is either technical issues or weather conditions," said Jang Yong-Seok from the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University.

A US think-tank, the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, said Friday that preparations may have been delayed by heavy snow.

There had been "abnormal signs" indicating technical problems in launch preparations since Saturday afternoon, said Yonhap, citing an unidentified senior Seoul official.

"It looks like the problem is a technical one," said the official quoted by Yonhap.

Pyongyang has apparently "rushed too fast" to time the launch to mark the December 17 anniversary in a bid to drum up support for the young and inexperienced Jong-Un, said Yang Moo-Jin of Seoul's University of North Korean Studies.

"It showed how desperate and time-pressed the North was to showcase its scientific breakthrough to its people on the key anniversary and subsequently rally support for the new leader," Yang told AFP.

The North would have made the announcement of a potential delay via "a top party or military organ," instead of the space committee, if it was intended to be a concession to the international pressure, he added.

Kim Jong-Un took over from his late father last December, the second father-to-son power transfer by the Kim dynasty that has ruled the isolated state with an iron fist for some 60 years.

Analysts said the December 10-22 launch window was twice as long as the period set before the failed April launch, reflecting the difficulties technicians may encounter in the harsh winter weather of the Korean peninsula.

Washington and Seoul have urged Pyongyang to scrap the launch while Tokyo has postponed talks originally planned this week with North Korea.

UN diplomats inside and outside the Security Council have reportedly started consultations behind the scenes on what action to take if Pyongyang goes ahead.

Japan, the United States and South Korea have agreed to demand the UN Security Council strengthen sanctions on North Korea to levels that match those on Iran, Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper said.

.


Related Links
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





NUKEWARS
Snow may delay N. Korea rocket launch: US think-tank
Seoul (AFP) Dec 7, 2012
North Korea's preparations for a planned rocket launch that has triggered international condemnation and sanctions threats may have been delayed by heavy snow, a US think tank said Friday. Analysis of fresh satellite imagery suggests preparations at the Sohae satellite launch station are proceeding "more slowly than previously reported," the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University sai ... read more


NUKEWARS
NASA's GRAIL Creates Most Accurate Moon Gravity Map

Chinese astronauts may grow veg on Moon

WSU researchers use 3-D printer to make parts from moon rock

China's Chang'e-3 to land on moon next year

NUKEWARS
Orbiter Spies Where Rover's Cruise Stage Hit Mars

NASA to send new rover to Mars in 2020

Safe Driving on Mars

Ancient Mars May Have Captured Enormous Floodwaters

NUKEWARS
Scientists say NASA's budget inadequate for its goals

What trends will take upper hand in space exploration?

To reach final frontier, NASA can't go it alone: analysts

Kickstarter's creative community takes hold in Britain

NUKEWARS
Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

China to launch manned spacecraft

Tiangong 1 Parked And Waiting As Shenzhou 10 Mission Prep Continues

NUKEWARS
Khrunichev Completes Nauka Space Station Module

New Crew of ISS to Perform Two Spacewalks

Space Station to reposition for science

Spacewalks on agenda for new space crew

NUKEWARS
SPACEX Awarded Two EELV Class Missions From The USAF

Russia Set to Launch Telecoms Satellite for Gazprom

Sea Launch Delivers the EUTELSAT 70B Spacecraft into Orbit

S. Korea readies new bid to join global space club

NUKEWARS
Astronomers discover and 'weigh' infant solar system

Search for Life Suggests Solar Systems More Habitable than Ours

Do missing Jupiters mean massive comet belts?

Brown Dwarfs May Grow Rocky Planets

NUKEWARS
Elbit Systems to Provide Space Camera for the Italian OPTSAT 3000 Observation Satellite

Speeding Space Junk Poses Risks for Spacecraft

Samsung, Apple top 'smart device' Q3 sales: survey

Smartphones might soon develop emotional intelligence




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement