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Japan's Moves for Space Militarization Enter New Phase: News Analyst
Pyongyang, September 23 (KCNA) -- The Japanese reactionaries have become intent on their moves to militarize the outer space.

As already known, Japan launched latest solid-fuel three-stage rocket Epsilon at the Uchinoura Space Center of the Aerospace Exploration Agency in Kagoshima Prefecture on September 14.

The rocket about 24 meters long uses solid fuel auxiliary propellant device of H-2A and the technology of M5 rocket.

It is by no means fortuitous that foreign media comment that the Epsilon has military aims.

The launch is 17 years since H-2A entered the phase of its full-fledged development in 1996 and 12 years since its 2001 maiden launch.

The launch is made in the wake of the formal decision by the experts' society of the government space policy committee in May this year on developing H-3 which will succeed prototype rocket H-2A. This points to the danger of Japan's moves to militarize space that has entered a new phase.

It is a well known fact that Japan has long pressed for space militarization.

After paving the way for getting involved in space rocket technology field under the 1969 agreement with the U.S. on cooperation in conquering space, Japan began building the public opinion in favor for the development of military satellite since 1985.

Since then it began using space for military purposes under the signboard of "civilian use", and the development of technical processes got into full swing.

This resulted in the development of solid-fuel rocket technology and the production of the first H-2A rocket in 2001.

The Chinese magazine World Affairs commented that Japan's space technology can be easily diverted to military use from civilian use, indicative of Japan's ambition to hold hegemony in space through actions.

Japan's ambition for space militarization has become undisguised.

Under the pretext of intensifying spying over the DPRK, Japan launched H-2A rockets with two spy satellites atop in 2003. It launched a total of four spy satellites by 2007, thereby establishing round-the-clock monitoring system.

At the end of May 2008, the Japanese authorities adopted the "basic law on space" allowing the military use of space under the pretext of "defensive purposes". Japan, therefore, has become unrestricted by 1969 Diet resolution which banned the use of space for military purposes.

The "basic law on space" allowed the development of space military technology and the "Self-Defence Forces" have become able to deploy high-performance spy satellites in space at will.

The "basic guidelines on development and use of space" in 2009 was followed by "basic space plan" aimed to spur the space militarization.

The Japanese reactionaries have reportedly worked out a plan to double the number of satellites for monitoring the earth for five to ten years beginning this year.

According to the plan, Japan will launch six more satellites for monitoring the earth to set up new satellite system separate from the system of information-gathering satellites.

The development of successor to H-2A signals the intention to launch new prototype rockets mounted with military satellites.

Japan is working hard to militarize space while watching for a chance for reinvasion, oblivious of its past when it was stigmatized as a war criminal state and a defeated nation. This arouses due vigilance of the international community.

Japan would be well advised to cool its head over-heated with ambition for reinvasion, mindful that it will fall into abyss of ruin should it run headlong into the road for military giant bereft of reason while going against the desire of humankind for peace.

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