Following their successful rocket launch earlier this month, North Korea has now announced it plans to ‘conquer space’.
Despotic dictator Kim Jong-Un said space exploration was a ‘strategic goal’ according to Pyongyang’s KCNA news agency, ignoring the UN’s criticism that the move violated international sanctions, reports the Mirror.
Speaking at an awards ceremony for those involved in the rocket launch he said:
Conquering space is a fierce class struggle against the hostile forces seeking to usurp our peace and sovereignty. The advance toward space is the DPRK’s strategic goal.
Kim Jong-Un went on to call the scientists involved in the rocket launch the ‘best patriots and admirable heroes’. He also gave out medals, prizes and wristwatches bearing the names of his father and grandfather.
North Korea sparked international outrage with the launch of its Kwangmyongsong -4 satellite, which came just a month after its fourth nuclear test.
According to the Mirror, the launch – viewed by the international community as a disguised ballistic missile test – violated multiple UN resolutions banning the nuclear-armed country from the use of such technology.
The president of South Korea Park Geun-hye has threatened action against the North and has pledged further ‘strong’ measures after suspending operations at a jointly-run industrial park.
The United States, South Korea and Japan are all leading efforts at the UN to impose harsh sanctions on Pyongyang over the recent nuclear test and rocket launch.
President Barack Obama has also signed off new sanctions against North Korea – aimed at anyone importing goods or technology related to weapons of mass destruction, or anyone who has engaged in human rights abuses in the country.