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N. Korea vows to launch more satellites in defiance of U.N. ban

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SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has vowed to continue to launch "commercial" satellites in defiance of a United Nations resolution banning such actions, the communist country's media reported Monday.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Pyongyang's representative to a committee meeting of the 68th U.N. General Assembly made clear to other participants that the communist country will launch satellites into space.

The official, whose identity was not mentioned by the news wire service, also said at the gathering held last Wednesday, that the North is committed to the peaceful development of space and that no country has the right to infringe on the DPRK's sovereign right in this field. It pointed out that the development of space is guaranteed under international law.

DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

The KCNA, monitored in Seoul, said that the official emphasized that the international community effectively turns a blind eye to countries like the United States which are docile to Western countries from carrying out whatever experiments they desire, even if it involves testing of inter-continental ballistic missiles.

It argued that these same countries prohibit those which they do not like from conducting any sort of test.

The media report said it is because of this kind of double standard that the North rejects all manner of sanctions, and the country will move forward with its own tests in a transparent manner.

The latest comments made by the official come as the North Vice Foreign Minister Pak Gil-yon said at the U.N. on Oct. 1 that Pyongyang views all pressures exerted by the outside world after the launch of its long-range rocket as being unjust.

The North launched the long-range Unha-3 rocket and the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite on Dec. 12, 2012, prompting the U.N. to censure the country. The North followed this move with the testing of its third nuclear device on Feb. 12 that caused the international community, including China, to slap fresh sanctions.

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