The intention was revealed in an Associated Press news agency interview with Hyon Kwang-iI, a senior official at North Korea's National Aerospace Development Administration, Thursday.
"We will not be daunted by the U.S. and its allies trying to block our space development program," Hyon said. "We will conquer space and plant the flag on the moon."
North Korea is working on launching more Earth observation satellites, according to its five-year plan, under orders from leader Kim Jong-un. It hopes to place more advanced satellites by 2020, including its first geostationary satellite. The plan also includes manned spaceflights and scientific experiments in space.