[IBT] Russia and N. Korea space program: Countries agree to work together In outer space

April 17, 2015


North Korea's tactical rocket firing on July 10, 2014. (Yonhap file photo)

North Korea’s tactical rocket firing on July 10, 2014. (Yonhap file photo)


North Korea and Russia have cozied up to the idea of cooperating on a program for outer space exploration, along with other transportation and trade-related projects, according to multiple news reports. Pak Hyon Su, deputy head of the North Korean Committee of Space Technology, told a Russian news agency that the two countries hoped to begin the bilateral space research program this year. The move could put Western powers on watch for attempts by either country to bring defense-related infrastructure to the final frontier.

“The DPRK will develop proactive cooperation in the sphere of peaceful use of outer space with foreign organizations and countries, including Russia, on equal and mutually beneficial basis,” Pak told TASS on Friday. “The DPRK space program has peaceful purposes, and this country, like Russia, is against militarization of space.”

The U.S. last week signaled its interest in cooperating with Russia and China in the field of security in outer space, TASS reported. Frank A. Rose, the U.S. assistant secretary for arms control, verification and compliance, expressed confidence that Russia and North Korea would not use space exploration as a front for weapons testing.