North Korea Carries Out Second Satellite Test
NORTH KOREA - North Korea has carried out another reconnaissance satellite test by launching the second rocket in the last few weeks.
North Korea's National Aerospace Development Administration, as well as the Academy of Defense Science carried out an "important test on Saturday under the plan of developing a reconnaissance satellite" according to the Korean Central News Agency on Sunday.
The news agency stated that the launch involved testing of data transmission and reception, control command and other ground-based control systems.
Although North Korea has stated that international law allows them to have their own civilian space program, the United States and other countries have blamed North Korea for using their space program as a cover to hide its ballistic missile progress for military uses.
South Korea put out a statement saying that North Korea had fired 'what appeared to be' a ballistic missile from a location near the Pyongyang International Airport at around 8:48 a.m. on Saturday morning.
South Korea said that the projectile was fired toward the sea off of North Korea's east coast and flew around 168 miles, reaching an altitude of about 348 miles.
The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command as well as the South Korean Presidential office has condemned the launch by North Korea and urged it to avoid making further provocations.