N. Korean leader urges development of bigger rockets
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the development of bigger rockets, state media said on Saturday, after Pyongyang sparked international condemnation with a long-range rocket launch.
He gave the order to scientists, technicians and others involved in this month's launch at a banquet on Friday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
"You should develop and launch a variety of more working satellites, including communications satellite, and carrier rockets of bigger capacity," Mr Kim was quoted as saying by KCNA.
"The launch ... was a grand declaration that demonstrated the DPRK's (North Korea's) independent and legitimate right to use space for peaceful purposes before the world," he said.