North Korea has officially notified of its intention to conduct a satellite launch, which is expected to take place as early as Wednesday. The reclusive nation’s third attempt to deploy a military satellite has raised concerns, as it is suspected that North Korea received technical assistance from Russia in exchange for arms transfers.
The Japanese coast guard recently published a notice on its website, indicating a launch window between November 22 and December 1. In response, South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries promptly issued a navigation warning for ships in the vicinity of the launch.
The international community remains skeptical of North Korea’s claims that its satellite launches are for peaceful purposes, viewing them as disguises for missile tests. The United Nations Security Council has repeatedly condemned North Korea’s ballistic missile activity, considering it a violation of international resolutions.
This satellite launch comes at a time of heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula, following North Korea’s destruction of an inter-Korean liaison office in June. It also coincides with stalled denuclearization talks between North Korea and the United States.
There is growing speculation that North Korea received assistance from Russia, both in terms of technical expertise and resources, in order to advance its satellite program. The specific nature of this alleged cooperation remains unclear.
The international community will closely monitor the launch, as it may further exacerbate regional security concerns.