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SOUTH KOREAN MISSILE GOES ASTRAY AMIDST GIGGLING FROM THE NORTH
August 26 2009
Goheung, South Korea – Historically, Korea reaches almost as far back as the humanity itself. With evidence indicating that human being inhabited the peninsula as far back as 100,000 BCE ago there is little doubt that the nation has played a major
part in the development of its immediate area and the world as a whole. Things though have been different for the last sixty years with differences in political ideologies splitting the once dominant country down the centre. That split has of course caused issues the world over but the problems have of course been most intimately felt by the two countries themselves.
Much has been made in recent years of the apparent nuclear ambitions of the North. Though seen largely as sabre rattling recent rockets launches have upped the pressure and the concern that they may in fact be moving towards being a real international threat. Those rocket launches have been successful in upping the tension but have been of only marginal significance in proving their capabilities. Now the South, which has pulled away from its sibling state economically and socially, has launched its first rocket with very similar results. Designed to put the South’s first satellite into orbit, the rocket strayed off course, causing a great deal of chuckling from across the border.
"All aspects of the launch were normal, but the satellite exceeded its planned orbit and reached an altitude of 360 kilometres. The satellite should have separated at 302 kilometres but for some reason failed to do so,” said Minister of Science and Technology Ahn Byung-ma. “We will be looking at all of the data and will try to ascertain what exactly went wrong in order to repair such issues for the future. We are committed to putting a satellite into space and will continue to pursue the technology and expertise that will allow us to do just that.”
The launch had been delayed multiple times previously, largely due to technical glitches. The launch was the first in the history of the nation and had been achieved through participation with Russian scientists, who have a great deal of experience with successful rocket launches.
“I don’t think this launch could be seen as anything but a failure. The North and South
have separated in so many fundamental ways over the last sixty years with the one side in disparate poverty and the other considered one of the leading economies, yet both seem to be stalled in more or less the same way. True the North has been sending missiles into the Sea of Japan, but they are getting them off the pad just the same as the South,” said Scrape TV North Korean analyst Lee Joo-Chan. “The South operates in an open and accepted manner which allows them access to the best people in the field. The North has to go after black market talent and resort to kidnapping in order to make their program work but despite those obvious advantages in the South, things have ended up the same.”
Both countries claimed to be using the rockets in order to launch satellites into orbit and though neither has been successful continue to insist on those reasons.
“I’m sure there were a lot of people in the South who were looking at this as a way to show up the North. As a way to show them how successful democracy and capitalism can be at putting things into space but obviously that didn’t happen and this has to be considered a major failure,” continued Lee. “That hasn’t been helped by the reports of laughter echoing across the DMZ. No one is sure if they’ve been putting it on loudspeakers or if they’ve just forced everyone in the country to laugh. However they are doing it though, it’s coming through loud and clear.”
Despite the din, South Korean officials are just ignoring the sound.