April 5, 2009 / 7:25 AM / in 10 years

N.Korea says satellite transmitting revolutionary songs

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SEOUL, April 5 (Reuters) - North Korea said it had successfully put a satellite into orbit on Sunday on a three-stage rocket that was now circling the Earth transmitting revolutionary songs.

Regional powers said the launch was a disguised test of a long-range missile that threatened security and violated U.N. resolutions.

"Our scientists and engineers have succeeded in sending satellite ‘Kwangmyongsong-2’ into orbit by way of carrier rocket ‘Unha-2’," KCNA said in a Korean-language report.

The state media report said the rocket technology "was developed by our wisdom and technology, and is a proud achievement made out of our battle to upgrade our country’s space scientific technology".

The satellite is transmitting the "Song of General Kim Il-sung" and "Song of General Kim Jong-il" it said referring to the communist state’s founder and the son who followed him into leadership in Asia’s only communist dynasty.

Analysts said a successful launch would help leader Kim Jong-il, 67, shore up support after a suspected stroke in August raised questions about his grip on power.

U.S. President Barack Obama said North Korea, which tested a nuclear device in 2006, had violated U.N. resolutions and increased its own isolation, and he urged Pyongyang to refrain from further "provocative actions".

(Reporting by Kim Yeon-hee; Writing by Jon Herskovitz, Editing by Dean Yates)





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