A technician examines an X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle after a 224-day
mission in space. What it was doing remains a tightly-held secret.
Crime Must be Stopped! (RodongSinmun,
Is the United
States planning and even instigating a war in space? According to this commentary
from North Korea's rigidly state-run RodongSinmun, while the United States seeks to 'incriminate' Pyongyang
for its 'peaceful' space program, Washington is launching top secret drone
spacecraft with the intention of destroying the satellites of other nations and
collecting intelligence for a long-planned 'war in space.'
Some days ago, a small sized drone spacecraft [the X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle] was
launched in the U.S. state of Florida. It was the third such launch to have
occurred in the United States.
The spacecraft's mission is kept secret. The U.S. Air Force
holds that the spacecraft's purpose is research and observation.
However, a foreign news dispatch reported that the
spacecraft is loaded with strange equipment for discharging secret duties. What
is this secret mission? As for this, CNN
radio in America reported there are those of the opinion that the spacecraft is
designed to destroy the satellites of other countries and collect emergency
This is a matter not to be regarded lightly.
The U.S. imperialists have long planned to militarize space
and unleash a space war. It is an open secret that the United States has been overtly
and covertly machinating to revive the "Star Wars"
project. And it is as clear as day that the U.S. Air Force launched the small-sized
drone spacecraft as part of these machinations.
America's move to militarize space runs diametrically counter
to the demands of international law about the peaceful use of space.
The launching of this craft with a military mission is illegal
and violates international space
law, which calls for the use of space as a way of improving the well-being
of humankind. America's behavior is a grave challenge to this aspiration.
Almost every nation on earth strongly demands that the space
powers strictly adhere to international space law and take steps for the
demilitarization of space.
Indeed, when it comes to incriminating us [North Korea],
America's ruling circles are brazen. While we launched a satellite for peaceful
purposes, they are shooting off space weapons helter-skelter in violation of international
Before criticizing others, the United States must at once bring
an end its criminal space war project, which is contrary to international law.