Taking North Korea’s Space Program Seriously

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The George C. Marshall Institute and the revived website MissileThreat.com have published a short essay by me on the long-term implications of the recent North Korean satellite launch.

The main points:

  • North Korea’s satellites are becoming more advanced.
  • The North Korean space program has been around for a while, and is here to stay for quite some time to come.
  • The space program certainly began as a flimsy cover for Pyongyang’s ballistic missile program, but has now taken on a life of its own.
  • Nevertheless, the evolving North Korean space program will further drive the ballistic missile program.
  • Finally, North Korea has notched a propaganda victory over South Korea, who, despite its advances in every other sector, has failed to launch its own satellite despite nearly a half-billion dollars spent over the past ten years on its indigenous launch program.

 

 

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