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.