North Korea has informed Japan that it will make a third attempt to launch a military spy satellite later this month, according to Japanese media reports. The country notified Tokyo that the launch will take place sometime between November 20 and November 30. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has instructed officials to work with the United States and South Korea in an attempt to persuade Pyongyang to abandon the launch.
North Korea’s previous two attempts to launch the spy satellite earlier this year were unsuccessful due to technical issues. The country had previously announced plans for a launch in October, but ultimately did not proceed with it. North Korea justifies its need for a spy satellite by citing what it perceives as increasing military threats from the United States. However, South Korea has dismissed the satellite as too crude for effective military reconnaissance.
The United Nations Security Council has banned North Korea from conducting satellite launches, as they are seen as disguised tests of the country’s missile technology. South Korean officials believe that while North Korea does require a spy satellite to enhance its monitoring capabilities of South Korea, the launch is also an attempt to strengthen its long-range missile program.
Despite concerns and international sanctions, North Korea remains persistent in its pursuit of advanced missile and satellite technology. The international community continues to monitor developments closely, urging North Korea to refrain from provocative actions that could escalate tensions in the region.