After two failed attempts, the country reportedly “accurately” sent a monitoring probe into space
North Korea launched a military surveillance satellite into orbit on Tuesday, according to Pyongyang’s state media and the South Korean military. The successful launch came after two failed attempts earlier this year.
The Korean Central News Agency announced the launch on Wednesday morning, and state media claimed the missile was… “The Malligyong-1 reconnaissance satellite was accurately placed in its orbit.” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed the launch, noting that the projectile traveled in a southerly direction over Japan.
This triggered a ballistic missile alert in Japan, and residents of Okinawa were urged to seek shelter.
The launch came after failed attempts in May and August, and both attempts fell into the sea shortly after take-off. After the second attempt, Pyongyang informed Tokyo that it would try again between late November and early December.
Japan and the United States condemned the launch, and the White House described it as a shooting operation ‘flagrant violation’ Of the multiple United Nations resolutions, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida described it as “It is very serious and has a lot to do with the safety of our people.”
The capabilities of the Malligyong-1 satellite are unknown, and it is unclear whether the probe is successfully broadcasting data to Earth. North Korea has successfully launched two satellites before, most recently in 2016. Pyongyang maintains that both satellites were part of its civilian space program.
In a separate KCNA announcement on Tuesday, North Korea’s space agency announced that the latest launch was in response “The Space Militarization Campaign of the United States and Its Followers.” With Japan and South Korea planning to launch two missiles in the coming months, it’s up to North Korea “sovereign right” The agency said to respond in kind.
After a period of détente under US President Donald Trump, North Korea has significantly boosted its missile program in recent years, conducting a record number of missile tests in 2022. As Pyongyang prepares to test its first nuclear weapon since 2017, US President Joo warned Biden and Kim warned in April that any nuclear attack on the United States or its allies would do so “The result in the end” From his system.
The launch took place on Tuesday with the arrival of the US aircraft carrier strike group USS Carl Vinson to the South Korean port of Busan in what the Pentagon described as a show of force. “Commitment to the U.S.-ROK Alliance.”
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