He was accompanied by Pak Thae Song, Secretary of the Central Committee of the WPK; Kim Jong Sik, Deputy Department Director of the Central Committee of the WPK; Kim Sung Chan, President of
Looking round the Space Science Research Institution, the Space Environment Test Base and other places, he learned in detail about the immediate scientific researches according to the great space conquest policy of the Party on expanding and developing the space industry of the country and about the development and production of the core technology obtained recently in the space science research field.
He highly praised the National Aerospace Development Administration for having made remarkable successes in the research of the core space science and technology for attaining the immediate and prospective goals of the space policy set by the Eighth Party Congress and the Fifth and Sixth Plenary Meetings of the Eighth Party Central Committee.
He also said the expansion of the space industry is a core element in opening a shortcut for ensuring the position of the world's economic and sci-tech power as well as a demonstration of the comprehensive national might, and continued:
Sustainable spurs should be put to the independent space development to build the proud space industry which can powerfully lead the economic development of the country.
For achieving the rapid development of the space field, it is necessary at the present stage to give precedence to carrying out the advanced and valuable space development plans first in the light of the strategic interests of the state and steadily expand the achievements and in the end, make our country a world's space power. This is the steadfast stand of the WPK and the DPRK government.
Especially we should set it as the primary goals to possess the meteorological observation satellite, earth observation satellite and communication satellite to thoroughly cope with the disastrous climate and effectively protect and use the resources of the country and rapidly provide the possibility to powerfully accelerate the scientific development of the national economy.
It is also important to establish the system of enabling the educational and scientific research institutions at all levels to take an active part in the development of satellites for different practical uses and increase the state investment to promote the development of the space science and technology. Now that the development of diverse satellites is accelerated, it is necessary to produce standardized and highly reliable carrier rockets on a full scale and wonderfully build satellite launching sites representing the ideal and ambition of building a space power.
The US imperialists have deployed different and huge strategic hardware including the nuclear-powered carrier and nuclear strategic bomber in and around the Korean peninsula on the level of usual deployment, turning south Korea into an advance base of aggression and magazine for a war. Stemming from such present reality and the concern that the military actions of the United States and south Korea threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the DPRK under the pretext of combined preparedness may be more undisguised in the future, the Eighth Congress of the WPK presented it as the most important and primary task for building the defence capability of our state among the five core targets for the development of the defence capabilities to possess the space scouting capacity for grasping the military attempts and movements of the hostile forces all the time.
As the United States and south Korea showed with their clear actions, uttering the most hostile rhetorical expressions this year, they scheme to further intensify their military posture against the DPRK under the pretext of "offering extended detterence" and "strengthening south Korea-US alliance" in the future. Under the situation it is quite natural for our state to increase the military deterrent corresponding to the serious security environment of the present and the future. To secure and operate the means of military reconnaissance is the most important and top-priority task to raise the military utility and practicality of our different war-deterring means.