Seoul: North Korea said on Saturday it would
invite foreign experts and journalists to observe a satellite
launch which the United States and other countries see as a
disguised missile test.
The Korean Committee for Space Technology "will invite
experienced foreign experts on space science and technology
and journalists" to visit the launch site and other places to
observe the blast-off next month, the official news agency
The North announced yesterday it would launch a
long-range rocket carrying the satellite between April 12-16
to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of founding
president Kim Il-Sung.
It says the programme is part of peaceful space
The United States and other countries say any launch
would be a serious provocation and would violate UN Security
Council resolution 1874, which bans the country from carrying
out any ballistic missile launches for any purpose.
The news agency said it had informed the International
Civil Aviation Organisation, the International Maritime
Organisation, the International Telecommunication Union and
other bodies about the upcoming launch.