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New Japanese Spy Satellite Successfully Launches
2011-12-12 14:41:13

Officials said that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched a new spy satellite into orbit on Monday. The satellite launched aboard a Japanese H-2A rocket at 10:21 a.m. from the Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern Japan. JAXA said the radar satellite successfully separated from its rocket and was in orbit just 20 minutes after it was launched. The information-gathering satellite was built due to concerns over North Korea's missile program and also to help monitor...

2009-07-06 16:53:00

WASHINGTON, July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA) www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org explains why the actions of North Korea on July 4th dictate the need for our nation to have a strong missile defense program, and that the ballistic missile tests by North Korea send a strong message to our nation about the need for missile defense. His comments are as follows: "Seven North Korean ballistic missiles were fired on...

2009-04-05 12:06:00

WASHINGTON, April 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA) www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org commented on the significance of the North Korean launch of its ICBM to the world-wide MDAA membership today. His commentary is as follows: A new security era has begun for our nation and that of our allies in the world. North Korea has successfully tested a long range ballistic missile. This success coupled with the North Korean...

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2009-02-24 15:13:37

North Korea said on Tuesday it was preparing to launch a communications satellite on one of its rockets, saying it would mark a great step forward for the communist state. The announcement, which came in a statement from the national space agency carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), did not include a target date for the launch, which some analysts believe will actually be the test-firing of a long-range missile. The news comes amid heightened tensions with South Korea,...

2009-02-04 17:44:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Riki Ellison, Chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA) (www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org) issued a statement to the MDAA membership explaining the significance of Iran's launching of a satellite on Feb 2, 2009. Ellison described the history of Iran's development of this capability and how it is a technological step to the development of a fleet of long-range ballistic missiles. His comments are as follows: "Iran's historic...

2006-09-04 05:51:34

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said on Monday North Korea was showing no interest in returning to six-party talks on winding up its nuclear weapons program. Hill, the U.S. point man on North Korea, arrived in Japan at the start of an Asian tour that will also take him to Beijing and Seoul. "It's very clear we're in a very difficult period in the six-party process," he told reporters after his arrival. "The DPRK (North Korea) has not indicated...

2006-09-04 02:12:12

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said on Monday that North Korea is showing no interest in returning to six-party talks on its nuclear weapons program. Hill, the top U.S. point man on North Korea, arrived in Japan at the start of an Asian tour that will also take him to Beijing and Seoul. "It's very clear we're in a very difficult period in the six-party process," he told reporters after his arrival. "The DPRK (North Korea) has not indicated any...

2006-09-02 23:49:56

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing for another missile test, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday, but a government official in Seoul discounted the report. Yonhap also reported China is likely to invite North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to visit this week in an effort to restore their relationship strained after North Korea's missile tests in July. China is the North's main benefactor. Beijing voted in support of a U.N. Security Council resolution...

2006-09-02 22:30:13

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing for another missile test, Yonhap news reported on Sunday, after the secretive state defied international warnings and launched seven missiles in early July. South Korean and the U.S. intelligence authorities have detected suspicious vehicle movement in and out of North Korea's major missile test site, Yonhap reported a government source in Seoul as saying. "Military intelligence officials have spotted movements by several large vehicles...

2006-08-20 01:51:16

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. and South Korean troops start military drills on Monday which are likely to increase regional tensions already high due to the North's July 5 missile launches and reports it is preparing for a nuclear test. The annual drills, dubbed Ulchi Focus Lens, have been held without incident in South Korea for decades. Yet the North brands them as a prelude to invasion and nuclear war, vowing to boost its nuclear deterrent to counter threats of this...