Rocket launch

Seoul joins the global space club as it puts first satellite into orbit

A rocket carrying a science satellite lifts off from the launch pad at the Naro Space Centre in Goheung, South Korea, yesterday. Photo: AP

The 140-tonne Korea Space Launch Vehicle blasted off from the Naro Space Centre in Goheung county on the south coast, reaching its target altitude nine minutes later and deploying its payload satellite.

Thursday, 31 January, 2013, 9:01am

Talking points

Leung Chun-ying

Lawmakers may say 'no thanks' to CY

30 Jan 2013 - 2:12am

Xi needs to keep the pressure on North Korea

Video grab from KCNA shows Unha-3 rocket launching at North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site, in Cholsan county. Photo: Reuters

China's changing role in the world has meant its approach towards ally North Korea has had to evolve. Its support of a UN resolution condemning the country's recent rocket launch and tightening sanctions makes plain its willingness to accept its responsibility. But there is only so much Beijing can do to end the isolationist country's threats and intransigence.

26 Jan 2013 - 2:05am 1 comment

Hong Kong-based firm on expanded UN sanctions blacklist

China's ambassador, Li Baodong, and French counterpart Gerard Araud cast their votes. Photo: AFP

A Hong Kong-based company was among six North Korean entities named in a unanimous UN Security Council resolution to punish Pyongyang for last month's long-range rocket launch.

24 Jan 2013 - 5:48am

A new nuclear order is upon us

Pakistan has doubled the size of its nuclear arsenal in the past five years. Photo: Xinhua

North Korea's launch of a long-range missile last month was followed by a flurry of global condemnation that was almost comical in its predictability and impotence. But the launch underscored a larger reality that cannot be ignored: the world has entered a second nuclear age. This larger pattern needs to be understood if it is to be managed.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:31am

How they see it, December 16, 2012

North Korea's Unha-3 rocket lifts off from the Sohae launch pad in Tongchang-ri, North Korea. The satellite that North Korea launched on board the long-range rocket is orbiting normally. Photo: AP

1. Global Times

16 Dec 2012 - 3:35am

China rejects US call to tame North Korea after missile launch

South Korean sailors with debris from a rocket fired by the North. Photo: AP

China has resisted pressure to bring North Korea to heel after its rogue ally launched a long-range rocket, with Beijing arguing that any response from the United Nations should be "prudent".

14 Dec 2012 - 4:25am

North Korea rocket launch roundly condemned

A screen shows the Unha-3 rocket taking off. Photo: Reuters

North Korea's rocket launch has propelled the nation even further to the fringes of the global community, with long-time patron China expressing "regret" amid the global chorus of criticism.

13 Dec 2012 - 4:24am

Experts divided over North Korean rocket's political target

South Koreans watch a TV news reporting launch of the Unha rocket from Tongchang-ri, North Korea. Photo: AP

North Korea's rocket launch marked a huge leap in its strategic capabilities, but given its timing, experts are divided over who the launch was aimed at influencing.

13 Dec 2012 - 5:11am

Is North Korean rocket launch really an act of aggression?

Scientists and technicians at the General Satellite Control and Command Center on the outskirts of Pyongyang watch the launch of the Unha-3 rocket. Photo: AP

The Japanese chef who dished up sushi for North Korea's ruling dynasty for 13 years believes no one should be upset by the North's firing of a long-range missile.

13 Dec 2012 - 2:32am

Limited options to punish N Korea rocket launch

A South Korean protester sits near defaced portraits of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a rally denouncing North Korea's rocket launch in Seoul on Thursday. Photo: AP

With North Korea seemingly intent on going ahead with its planned rocket launch, the international community must decide how it can punish a country that has proved largely impervious to past sanctions.

11 Dec 2012 - 12:14pm

Technical problems delayed launch of North Korean missile, experts say

South Koreans watch a TV news programme about North Korea's rocket launch plans. Photo: AP

Technical problems rather than overseas political pressure were probably behind the delay of a much-criticised rocket launch by Pyongyang, South Korean analysts said yesterday.

Scientists were "now seriously examining the issue of readjusting the launching time of the satellite", the Korean Committee of Space Technology said in a statement carried by state media.

10 Dec 2012 - 3:17am

North Korea says it may delay controversial rocket launch

A satellite image taken by GeoEye and annotated and distributed by North Korea Tech and 38 North shows the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Tongchang-ri, North Korea. Photo: AP

North Korea said it may delay a much-criticised rocket launch originally scheduled for as early as Monday, as analysts say its efforts to mark a key anniversary were hampered by technical troubles.

9 Dec 2012 - 7:21pm

Don't overreact to North Korea missile launch

A soldier stands guard in front of a rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site. Photo: Reuters

Regional tensions over South China Sea territorial disputes have distracted attention from North Korea. The reclusive nuclear state has reminded the world that it is still a volatile element in the mix by announcing a rocket launch between December 10 and 22.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:10am

Japan deploys destroyers for N Korea rocket

Officers of the Ground Self-Defence Force (SDF) walk in front of Japan's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile launcher in Tokyo on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Japan on Thursday dispatched three destroyers to waters over which North Korea says its satellite-bearing rocket will travel.

6 Dec 2012 - 4:37pm