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The North Korean satellite launched on February 7 is in orbit but it is not yet clear whether it is working, South Korea’s defense ministry has said.

North Korea has said the Kwangmyongsong-4 is a communications satellite and that February 7 launch was a complete success.

However, the move was internationally condemned as North Korea is banned under UN sanctions from using any ballistic missile technology.

The UN has vowed to impose further sanctions as punishment.North Korea satellite 2016

The US said on February 8 that this could include “a range of economic sanctions that would further isolate North Korea” and send a clear signal “that the resolve of the international community here is firm”.

The US has also said it will help South Korea deploy an advanced missile defense system as soon as possible, officials from the Pentagon have said.

South Korea’s defense ministry said the launch indicated North Korea now has long-range missiles with a 7,500-mile range, the Yonhap news agency reports.

It remains unclear whether it has developed the technology to make a missile re-enter the atmosphere, critical if it is to use the missile as weapon.

North Korea insists its space program is purely scientific in nature but the US, South Korea and even Pyongyang’s ally China say the rocket launches are aimed at developing inter-continental ballistic missiles.


According to the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO), North Korea has announced plans to launch a satellite later this month.

The IMO says it has been notified of Pyongyang’s plans to launch a satellite between February 8 and 25.

It comes after North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test on January 6, drawing international condemnation.

Critics have called North Korea’s last satellite launch a cover for a test of ballistic missile technology.North Korea satellite launch 2016

Last week, US officials said that North Korea appeared to be preparing for a rocket launch, citing increased activity around the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, also known as Tongchang-ri.

North Korea last conducted a long-range rocket launch in December 2012, successfully putting into orbit an object Pyongyang claimed was a communications satellite with the three-stage Unha-3 carrier.

However, the UN Security Council subsequently said that the launch was “a clear violation” of resolutions banning North Korea from missiles tests, and imposed new sanctions.

North Korea has said its space program is peaceful, but it is believed to be developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could strike the US.