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    Pyongyang will increase the number of satellite launches under the state space program despite international criticism, the North Korean Embassy in Russia vowed on Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — This comes after the Pentagon said North Korea's early Thursday missile launch had only strengthened its resolve to work together with Japan and South Korea to counter the threat from the North.

    "Whatever efforts US-led puppets make, the DPRK will increase the rate of Juche satellite launches and will ramp up its space exploration activities in line with the five-year plan," the embassy’s statement read.

    The UN Security Council has banned North Korea from researching nuclear and ballistic missile technologies, but world powers fear that Pyongyang uses the satellite program as a cover-up to test its ballistic missiles and make them nuclear capable.

    North Korea has conducted two missile launches in less than a week. The US military said that the launch of a supposedly Musudan intermediate ballistic missile from a site near the northwestern city of Kusong earlier today had failed.


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