N. Korea renews vows to go ahead with rocket launch in Oct.

September 28, 2015

SEOUL (Yonhap) — North Korea has once again lashed out at South Korea on Sunday for “meddling” in its upcoming launch of what it claims is a satellite next month, reiterating that it will go ahead with the plan, which outside experts speculate could be tests for ballistic missiles.

“Our satellite launch is a work of peace in accordance with the state’s plans for scientific and technological developments for both economic growth and improvement of the people’s lives, and no one has the right to meddle in this plan,” said www.dprktoday.com, one of the North’s propaganda sites for outside online users.

“South Korea, however, is labelling our sovereign rights as provocations,” the site said, adding that Pyongyang is currently developing new satellites to help “embellish” its celebrations scheduled for October.

North Korea is looking to launch what it claims is a satellite near the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party, which is slated for Oct. 10. Outside experts say it may be a cover for ballistic missile tests.

The socialist country has been reiterating its resolve to go ahead with the launch, calling it a sovereign right, in a show of defiance against growing international calls against the apparent provocation.

South Korea, the United States and China have warned that North Korea’s missile launch would be a grave violation of the U.N. Security Council resolutions banning its nuclear and missile tests.