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    North Korea Calls Failed Spy Satellite Launch ‘the Most Serious’ Shortcoming, Vows 2nd Launch

    North Korea Calls Failed Spy Satellite Launch ‘the Most Serious' Shortcoming, Vows 2nd Launch

    , South (AP) — Top North Korean officials vowed to push for a second attempt to launch a spy satellite as they called their country's first, and failed, launch last month “the most serious” shortcoming this year and harshly criticized those responsible, state media reported Monday.

    In late May, a North Korean rocket carrying a reconnaissance satellite crashed soon after liftoff, posing a setback to leader Kim Jong Un's push to acquire a space-based surveillance system to better monitor the United States and South Korea.

    The failed launch and North Korean efforts to modernize its weapons arsenal were discussed extensively at a three-day ruling party meeting that ended Sunday, with the presence of Kim and other top officials.

    A lengthy Korean Central News Agency dispatch on the meeting didn't clearly say who spoke, but said a report to the meeting “bitterly criticized the officials who irresponsibly conducted the preparations for (the) satellite launch.”

    The report set forth tasks for officials and scientists to learn the lessons of the failed launch, find what caused the rocket's crash and make a successful launch in a short span of time, said.

    It didn't say exactly when North Korea might attempt a second launch. But South Korea's spy agency earlier told lawmakers that it would take likely take “more than several weeks” for North Korea to determine what went wrong…

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