North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has stressed the need to earn international trust in its pursuit of what it claims to be a space program, the North's state media said Friday.

Kim has delivered a speech at a ceremony to offer commendations to scientists, technicians and officials who contributed to the North's long-range rocket launch on Feb. 7, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

"The advance toward space, the motive force of science and technology of the future and economic development, is the DPRK's strategic goal," Kim was quoted as saying by the KCNA. The DPRK is the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

He called for "pushing forward space development according to the five-year plan for national space development," stressing the need to gain international trust and seek cooperation in space development.

North Korea fired a long-range rocket carrying what it called a satellite last week, a move which Seoul and Washington view as a banned test for ballistic missile technology.

Analysts said that the North appears to be mindful of the United Nations Security Council's move to slap tougher sanctions on it as it mentioned the need to seek international trust in its bid for satellite launches for the first time.

The U.N. Security Council is working on a fresh resolution for stronger punishment over the North's provocations.

The International Telecommunication Union sent a warning to North Korea Tuesday for failing to provide the frequency and other information about the satellite put into orbit.

Source: Yon Hap News