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DAEJEON, South Korea, April 4 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean space scientist said Thursday that he, for the first time, has photographed together two satellites, one launched by South Korea and the other by North Korea, that were orbiting over the Korean Peninsula.

It was the first time that the two Koreas' satellites had been photographed together over the Korean Peninsula, said Oh Jun-ho, a professor at the state-run Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

Oh had photographed the North Korean satellite on March 27 for the first time but not with the one from South Korea.

South Korea launched the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1) carrying a satellite known as "Naro" on Jan. 30, while North Korea blasted off its space launch vehicle, named "Unha-3," carrying a communication satellite dubbed "Kwangmyongsong 3-2" on Dec. 12.

On Thursday, Oh said he photographed the Naro satellite from the rooftop of a KAIST lab at 7:46 p.m. and an image of the Kwangmyongsong 3-2 satellite 32 minutes later.

Other countries including South Korea have not spotted the North's satellite, claiming it has yet to be confirmed whether Kwangmyongsong 3-2 has been put into orbit. They have called it a "long-range rocket launch."

On Feb. 27, North Korea said it registered its Kwangmyongsong 3-2 satellite with the United Nations.

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