While it has been two days now since North Korea fired a long-range missile and claims it successfully put a satellite into orbit, the country’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, is now calling for more launches. On Friday Pyongyang-backed media reported that Kim says more space satellites are needed in order to continue developing North Korea’s science, technology, and economy. While North American missile detection agency NORAD has confirmed Wednesday’s rocket put some kind of object into orbit, most of the world maintains the whole launch was really a long-range weapons test.
North Korea has repeatedly defied international pressure and U.N. Security Council sanctions already imposed after weapons tests in 2006 and 2009. This week’s launch was a relatively quick follow-up to a failed attempt in April of this year. Kim was present to give the final order and observe the rocket launch, says North Korean national media, with the leader saying they have now shown people at home and abroad that the country has a legitimate right to peaceful uses of space. While foreign space agencies have said “something” was put it orbit, they have not been able to confirm that it was a satellite or what its purpose is. U.S. officials stated on Thursday that the object is now seen as “tumbling out of control.”
The people of North Korea, however, are ignorant of the rest of the world’s skepticism and anger. Hundreds of thousands of civilians and soldiers gathered in Pyongyang on Friday to celebrate their great leader’s achievement. Crowds were seen gathered in Kim Il-Sung Square to listen and applaud to speeches from military and government officials. Jang Chol, the president of the State Academy of Sciences, stated that the satellite’s orbit was a testament to “Great Marshall Kim Jong-Un‘s endless loyalty, bravery, and wisdom.”