Mon. Dec 11th, 2023
North Korea Plans to Launch Satellite-Carrying Rocket

North Korea has informed Japan of its intention to launch a rocket carrying a satellite. The Japanese government has received notification that the launch window will begin from Tuesday midnight. This announcement comes after two previous failures earlier this year to put a military reconnaissance satellite into orbit.

Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, has directed his government to engage in discussions with North Korea, with the aim of persuading them to abandon their plan. The United States and South Korea will also be involved in these efforts. It is worth noting that any use of ballistic missile technology, including satellite launches, by North Korea, is prohibited under U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The Japan Coast Guard has stated that three designated maritime danger zones have been identified as potential areas where debris from the rocket may fall. Two of these zones are located to the west of the Korean Peninsula, while the third is to the east of the Philippine island of Luzon. The launch window will be in effect until December 1st.

North Korea previously attempted to launch a military reconnaissance satellite in May and August, but both ultimately failed. While they announced a plan to launch a satellite in October, it did not materialize. South Korean Defense Minister, Shin Won-sik, stated on Sunday that North Korea may carry out the launch by the end of November.

In response, Prime Minister Kishida has instructed relevant government ministries and agencies in Tokyo to be fully prepared for a possible satellite launch.