North Korea has announced that it has successfully placed a military spy satellite into orbit. The country’s space authorities released a statement on Wednesday, stating that the satellite, named Malligyong-1, was launched into orbit the previous night. However, this claim has yet to be independently verified.
According to the statement, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the launch, and the spy satellite is said to enhance the country’s war readiness in response to perceived hostile military actions from its rivals. The statement also mentioned that North Korea plans to launch more spy satellites in the future.
This recent launch signifies North Korea’s determination to develop its own space-based surveillance system, despite the United Nations’ ban on North Korean satellite launches, which are viewed as disguised missile tests. The launch is likely to elicit strong condemnation from the United States and its partners.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff reported detecting the launch from the North’s main space center, and Japan also confirmed the launch. Both countries assessed that the North Korean rocket carrying the spy satellite flew over international waters and the Japanese island of Okinawa before heading toward the Pacific Ocean. As a result of the launch, Japan briefly issued a missile warning for Okinawa.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called the launch a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and a serious threat to people’s safety. However, it was unclear whether the satellite had successfully entered orbit.
North Korea considers a spy satellite a crucial asset for modernizing its weapons systems and monitoring the activities of South Korea and the United States. This marks the country’s third attempt at launching a spy satellite this year, as previous attempts ended in failure. The recent delay in the launch plan is believed to be due to North Korea’s receipt of technological assistance from Russia.
Speculation has increased regarding a possible weapons deal between Russia and North Korea. The alleged agreement involves North Korea supplying conventional arms, while seeking Russian help in enhancing its nuclear and military programs. However, both Russia and North Korea have denied these allegations.
In conclusion, North Korea claims to have successfully launched a military spy satellite, thereby displaying its determination to develop advanced surveillance capabilities in the space domain.