Russian MFA Spokesman Andrei Nesterenko Commentary on DPRK’s Launch of Artificial Earth Satellite into Low-Earth Orbit
The DPRK sent an artificial Earth Satellite into a low-Earth orbit on the morning of April 5. According to Russian aerospace monitoring data, the launch trajectory did not pass over the territory of the Russian Federation. The parameters of the satellite's orbit are being specified.
The DPRK had informed the Russian side ahead of time about the launch.
We call on all concerned states to show restraint in judgments and action in the current situation and to proceed from objective data on the nature of the DPRK launch.
We intend to watch further developments attentively, remaining in close touch and holding consultations with all concerned sides.
April 5, 2009