ITU Dismisses N.Korean Satellite Claim

    April 10, 2009 08:39

    The International Telecommunication Union, the international agency in charge of radio frequency allocation for satellites, has dismissed North Korea's claim that it successfully put a communications satellite into orbit last Sunday.

    In an interview with Radio Free Asia on Tuesday, Sanjay Acharya, ITU's chief of media relations and public information, said the organization has no information about a satellite, adding that nobody else has probably been given any information about it either.

    On the day it launched the rocket, North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said the Kwangmyongsong-2 satellite is in orbit and sending the tunes of the paeans "Song of General Kim Il-sung" and "Song of General Kim Jong-il" to earth on the frequency of 470 MHz.

    Acharya said if the North arbitrarily used the frequency, which the ITU has never allocated, it could interfere with the frequencies of other existing satellites, but added there were no reports or complaints from member states.

    Experts regard communication between a satellite and its earth station as the sign of a successful satellite launch. The governments of South Korea and the U.S. have announced that the North's satellite failed to reach orbit. Neither the Radio Research Agency nor KAIST Satellite Technology Research Center in South Korea has received a signal from the satellite.

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