N.Korea Shelves Rocket Launch Plan

      October 07, 2015 09:59

      Recent rhetoric from North Korea suggests that the reclusive state is bowing to international pressure and shelving plans for a rocket launch for the time being.

      A blustering article in the weekly Tongil Sinbo on Tuesday claimed the North has "the technology to launch a satellite even in an adverse condition like snowy winter," suggesting that the launch will not go ahead to coincide with the Workers Party anniversary on Oct. 10.

      But it added a formulaic expression much used in recent weeks, "As we have already declared, we will launch satellites one after another at a time."

      The delay could be due to international pressure, especially China, or technical problems.

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gives a speech to mark the completion of a power plant in this photo released by Rodong Sinmun on Sunday.

      The first rocket launch, which was widely seen as an attempt to test long-range missile technology, happened on Dec. 12, 2012.

      Choi Jin-wook of the Korea Institute for National Unification said Tuesday’s announcement was probably made for internal reasons as well as to keep up pressure on the U.S. to restart dialogue.

      Meanwhile, leader Kim Jong-un in a statement published on the front page of the Rodong Sinmun on Tuesday stressed the need to "constantly increase nuclear capabilities."

      "We need to make more cutting-edge weapons in our own way, constantly boost our self-defensive nuclear deterrent," the statement added.

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