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KCNA Commentary Censures U.S. Wild Ambition to Dominate Space

Pyongyang, November 23 (KCNA) -- Members of the U.S. House of Representatives recently submitted to the House a bill banning some countries including the DPRK and China from launching their satellites. The bill calls for prohibiting those countries from not only transferring satellites and their parts in a direct and indirect manner but launching satellites into outer space.

This is a manifestation of a brigandish ambition to dominate space as it is aimed at depriving sovereign states of their legitimate rights to launch satellites for peaceful purposes and develop space.

Space means wealth common to humankind.

It has become strategic goals for different countries and nations of the world in the 21st century to advance into vast space, an engine for future science and technology and economic development.

A total of 118 space vehicles were put on orbit around the earth through the launch of carrier rockets last year alone.

Many countries are making positive efforts to develop space for peaceful purposes and set up their own satellite navigation systems, aspiring after independent industries based on space science and technology.

China succeeded in its ninth satellite launch for establishing an independent "Beidou" satellite navigation system while Russia continues directing big efforts to rounding off "Glonas," a Russian-type global positioning system (GPS).

Europe is striving to establish "Galileo", a GPS developed by itself. Such developing countries as Iran, India, South Africa and Venezuela, which had been backward in the field of space industry in the past, are becoming active to develop and use space.

This indicates that the days are gone when a few developed countries could monopolize the space development as the advance into space was confined only to them.

The U.S. ambition to dominate space is aimed at using peaceful space for its hegemonic and selfish purposes.

The U.S. seeks to turn space into battle fields in a bid to carry out its strategy to put the world under its domination.

In its "2006 national space policy" the U.S. said: Space has already become an important element of American economy and nation and national security and Freedom of action in space is as important for the U.S. as its air and naval forces.

The U.S. contemplates deploying a missile complex and missile defense system (MD) capable of destroying satellites and space stations of other countries.

It worked out a long-term program for developing space weapons ending in 2020, which is now being pushed forward.

It is preposterous for the U.S. to scheme to deprive other countries of their rights to develop space at a time when there are increasing concern and efforts on the part of the International community to develop and use space.

There can be no privileged country in the development and use of space. It is an equal right of all the members of the international community to develop space.

The DPRK is advancing toward its goal for space development chosen by it as required by the trend of the age of space exploration.

Its successful launch of satellites "Kwangmyongsong-1" and "Kwangmyongsong-2" demonstrates its will to advance into space and its level of the latest science and technology.

No one can bar the DPRK from advancing into space because to do so is a legitimate right of a sovereign state and an entirely just action of swimming with the international trend.

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