By Henry Williams and Tom Bannister
One thing that you can say about the North Koreans is that they stick to their guns; doggedly continuing policies when lesser men would call it a day. And they are doing it again with the announcement that they will once more try to launch a satellite. Remember the fun everybody had last time? The red alerts, the anti-missile batteries in Tokyo, the imminent threat of WW3?
The new launch is scheduled for sometime between the 10th and 22nd of December, perhaps in a lateral attempt to affect Seoul’s Christmas shopping sales. The previous launch attempt fell into the sea. What can we expect this time? A DPRK spokesman said:
“Scientists and technicians of the DPRK analyzed the mistakes that were made during the previous April launch and deepened the work of improving the reliability and precision of the satellite and carrier rocket”
“We express deep concern at North Korea’s announcement that it will launch a satellite, and we have also noted the reaction of the other parties,”
The U.S. State Department cautioned on the waste of resources from the North’s Sŏn’gun; (military first) policy:
“Devoting scarce resources to the development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles will only further isolate and impoverish North Korea”