North Korea has informed Japan about its intention to launch a rocket carrying a space satellite between November 22 and December 1. The rocket is expected to be launched in the direction of the Yellow Sea and East China Sea. This would be North Korea’s third attempt this year to put a spy satellite into orbit.
The previous two attempts to launch a spy satellite were unsuccessful. After the last attempt in August, North Korean scientists had vowed to try again in October. The upcoming launch will be the first since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s visit to Russia’s modern space launch center in September. During his visit, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to assist North Korea in building satellites.
North Korea has been actively pursuing the development of a military spy satellite to monitor the movements of US and South Korean troops. However, their previous attempts have not been successful. The first satellite launched by North Korea on May 31 ended up falling into the sea. The failure of their most recent launch, called Chollima-1, was attributed to issues with engine and fuel system instability.
Despite these setbacks, North Korea remains determined to achieve its goal of deploying a spy satellite. They believe that having a fleet of satellites will enhance their military capabilities and provide them with crucial information regarding their adversaries.
The upcoming rocket launch carries significant implications for regional security and international relations. It will be closely monitored by neighboring countries and the international community, who will be assessing the North Korean regime’s technological advancements and intentions.