North Korea has informed Japan that it will make a third try at launching a military spy satellite later this month, according to Japanese media reports. The satellite launch is expected to take place between November 20 and November 30.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has urged officials to engage in talks with Pyongyang, along with the United States and South Korea, in an attempt to convince North Korea to cancel the planned launch.
The previous two attempts by North Korea to launch the spy satellite earlier this year were unsuccessful due to technical issues. Despite previously stating the launch would take place in October, North Korea did not follow through and did not provide an explanation for the delay.
North Korea argues that it requires a spy satellite to counter what it perceives as increasing military threats from the United States and its allies. However, South Korea dismissed the first launch as a failure, with the recovered debris deemed unsuitable for military reconnaissance purposes.
The United Nations Security Council has banned satellite launches by North Korea, viewing them as disguised missile technology tests. While North Korea claims the need for a spy satellite to monitor South Korea, the launch is also seen as a way to advance its long-range missile program.