Re: NK satellite may be real

J. Lee Blanton (blanton@pe.net)
Sun, 13 Sep 1998 11:46:32 -0700

>This is weird...
>
>WASHINGTON--Contradicting earlier reports, U.S. State Department officials
>confirmed Friday that Pyongyang launched a satellite--not a missile--on Aug.
>31.

Based on previous observation I tend to be VERY skeptical of any such
statements coming out of the State Department.  State is generally
motivated by policy and/or political issues and such a statement may or may
not have any basis in fact.  It sounds like someone is trying to save face
or make the N. Korean missile test more palatable to the public, but the
motivation for this isn't very clear.

Lee
blanton@pe.net