- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
The Korean Central News Agency was a bit slow to post on Saturday’s "satellite" launch, but their account of the event doesn’t disappoint:
The successful satellite launch symbolic of the leaping advance made in the nation’s space science and technology was conducted against the background of the stirring period when a high-pitched drive for bringing about a fresh great revolutionary surge is under way throughout the country to open the gate to a great prosperous and powerful nation without fail by 2012, the centenary of birth of President Kim Il Sung, under the far-reaching plan of General Secretary Kim Jong Il. This is powerfully encouraging the Korean people all out in the general advance.
While the sattelite is most likely somewhere under the Pacific now, KCNA is reporting that it’s in orbit, transmitting a recording of the "Song of General Kim Il Sung" back to earth. Just in case you’re wondering what that sounds like: