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KPA General Staff Warns against Any Interception of Satellite
Pyongyang, April 2 (KCNA) -- The General Staff of the Korean People's Army in an important report on Thursday warned that if hostile forces take any slight move to intercept the DPRK's satellite for peaceful purposes, the KPA will make a prompt just retaliatory strike at it.

The report said:

It is the Japanese reactionaries, the sworn enemy of the Korean people, who are perpetrating the most evil doings over the DPRK's projected satellite launch for peaceful purposes.

It is a legitimate right of a sovereign state in which no one can interfere to use space for peaceful purposes and the above-said satellite launch is a just work for the prosperity of the country and the nation and progress of humankind.

Prompted by this, the DPRK has already accessed to the international treaties on space and on March 21 sent cable notices on the issue of banning access to air space to be exposed to danger during the time the launch is expected to the civil aviation authorities concerned including those of the U.S., Japan, Russia, China, Switzerland and south Korea which control or use the relevant air space.

The relevant countries are now taking necessary measures after accepting the working steps taken by the DPRK in line with the international regulations and usage.

However, only Japan is making much ado as if something serious had happened, finding fault with even the DPRK's above-said advance notice and terming the launch of "Kwangmyongsong-2," the DPRK's experimental communications satellite for peaceful purposes, a "hostile act."

Kongo and Choukai, guided-missile destroyers of the Japanese aggressor forces and the destroyer Great King Sejong of the south Korean puppet navy have already been deployed in the East Sea of Korea.

The Japanese reactionaries, bereft of elementary reason, declared it as a state policy to "intercept" the satellite if the DPRK launches it.

The KPA General Staff solemnly declares as follows to cope with the prevailing situation:

1. If Japan recklessly "intercepts" the DPRK's satellite for peaceful purposes, the KPA will mercilessly deal deadly blows not only at the already deployed intercepting means but at major targets.

2. The U.S. should immediately withdraw its already deployed armed forces if it does not wish to be hurt by the above-said strike as DPRK clarified its stand on its projected satellite launch for peaceful purposes.

3. The south Korean puppet bellicose forces should refrain from disturbing the said launch, the pride of the nation, while currying favor with their U.S. and Japanese masters.

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