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US Sources Claim North Korean Satellite in Stable Orbit but not seen Transmitting Anything Yet


US Sources Claim North Korean Satellite in Stable Orbit but not seen Transmitting Anything Yet
Referring to the recent launch of a rocket by North Korea sources in the US said that the recently launched satellite has achieved stable orbit but is not believed to have transmitted data back to Earth.
The launch by Pyongyang has so far failed to convince experts that North Korea has significantly advanced its rocket technology.
Calling the so called satellite launch as a missile test, the US and the neighbors of North Korea are angered at the country calling the launch as a launch of an earth observation satellite.
"It's in a stable orbit now. They got the tumbling under control," a U.S. official said.
The official added that this is unlike the North's previous satellite, launched in 2012, which never stabilized. Another source said that the new satellite was not thought to be transmitting.
While calling for a strong international response to the launch in a telephonic interaction with the leaders of South Korea and Japan, U.S. President Barack Obama also reassured them of Washington's support, the White House said.
Source also said that the issue of North Korea's "provocations" would be addressed by Obama during a meeting with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in California early next week.
Outline of a new U.N. sanctions resolution against North Korea are being worked out between the US and Chia - Pyongyang's only major ally even as diplomats hope will be adopted this month.
Banning arms trade and money flow that can fund North Korea’s arms program, the U.N. Security Council has imposed sanctions against the country for its nuclear tests and long-range rocket launches dating back to 2006.
North Korea continues to export ballistic-missile technology to the Middle East and ship arms and materiel to Africa in violation of U.N. restrictions concludes a confidential U.N. report, reports the media.
There were "serious questions about the efficacy of the current United Nations sanctions regime", says the report by the U.N. Security Council's Panel of Experts on North Korea which monitors implementation of sanctions.
Among the measures Washington is pushing Beijing to accept in the wake of the Jan. 6 nuclear test and the weekend rocket launch is restricting North Korean access to international ports, said reports quoting Western diplomats.
Rather than breaking new grounds of satellite launch, North Korea appears to have repeated its earlier success in putting an object into space say missile experts. Claiming that North Korea was probably years away from building a long-range nuclear missile, the experts said that the country had used a nearly identical design to the 2012 launch.
North Korea's launch was "provocative, disturbing and alarming," but could not be equated with a test of an intercontinental ballistic missile said Vice Admiral James Syring, director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.
North Korea had never attempted to flight test the KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile it is developing, he said.
Given efforts to improve the reliability of the U.S. anti missile system and increase in the number of ground-based U.S. interceptors from 30 to 44, Syring said U.S. missile defenses would be able to defend against the new North Korean missile.
"I'm very confident that we're, one, ahead of it today, and that the funded improvements will keep us ahead of ... where it may be by 2020," he said.

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