North Korean "Satellite": ISIR report

Tony Crossley (crossley@austin.apc.slb.com)
Mon, 14 Sep 1998 09:15:16 -0500 (CDT)

Quoted with permission from ISIR Newsline Digest 1.37, Sept 14 1998:

        NORTH KOREA ROCKET LAUNCH: WAS THERE A SATELLITE?
        
        In a September 10 news conference, South Korea's
        foreign minister cited new evidence from unidentified
        U.S. scientists that was shared with South Korean and
        Japanese authorities. Their conclusion was that it
        appears North Korea did indeed launch a small satellite
        on August 31, 1998, but that it is not functioning.
        
        However, U.S. Space Command still reports failure to
        observe any object that correlates to the orbital data
        provided by North Korea, and no new objects in any
        orbital path that could correlate to the North Korean
        claims. Efforts by US Space Command personnel to locate
        the alleged North Korean satellite continue, but for
        now, the Pentagon is sticking with its original
        description of the event as a ballistic missile test.

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