Extra! Korea

April 5, 2009

Doesn’t matter if it was a satellite or not

Filed under: North Korea — extrakorea @ 1:54 pm

As you probably know by now, North Korea went ahead with its launch. It’s still unclear whether or not it was successful, and whether or not it was a satellite. The latter is largely irrelevant because:

Surrounding the debate on whether what North Korea plans to launch is a missile or satellite (as North Korea claims), Hahm [Chai-bong of Rand Corporation] said things will get worse anyway because, after all, the underlying technology for both is the same and North Korea will want to show off its military achievement with the thinking of selling the weapons to other countries.

“The biggest reason the rocket is a serious matter is because the launch technology used for either a satellite or a missile are the same. The only difference between peaceful and non-peaceful use is what you attach on the top of the rocket,” said Kim Tae-woo, vice president of the Korean Institute for Defense Analyses.

(sources one and two)

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