North Korea warned on ballistic missile program: Vows nuclear retaliation

South Korea said it is ready to counter a possible North Korea satellite launch on the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) on October 10. North’s satellite development is seen as advancement in its ballistic missile program.

United States said there are multiple UN Security Council resolutions that require North Korea to suspend all activities related to their ballistic missile program and re-establish a moratorium on missile launches, stop conducting any launches using ballistic missile technology, and abandon its ballistic missile program in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner.

“So any satellite launch using ballistic missile technology would be a clear violation of those resolutions,” US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said in a press briefing September 14.

North Korea’s National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA) said it is in the final phase of developing new earth observation satellite that may be used for weather forecasting and other purposes. “The DPRK’s satellite launch is also a peaceful project, pursuant to its sci-tech development plan for building an economic power and improving the people’s standard of living.”

Meanwhile, North Korea’s Atomic Energy Institute said “if the US and other hostile forces persistently seek their reckless hostile policy towards the DPRK and behave mischievously, the DPRK is fully ready to cope with them with nuclear weapons any time.”

“The U.S. anachronistic hostile policy toward the DPRK that forced it to have access to the nuclear weapons has remained utterly unchanged and instead it has become all the more undisguised and vicious with the adoption of means openly seeking the downfall of the latter’s social system,” North Korea’s Atomic Energy Institute noted.