North Korea has announced its intention to launch a satellite, disregarding warnings from South Korea and United Nations resolutions. Despite multiple UN resolutions prohibiting North Korea from using ballistic missile technology, Pyongyang is preparing to launch a rocket carrying a space satellite between November 22 and December 1, 2023.
According to Japan, North Korea has been informed that the satellite launch will be conducted in the direction of the Yellow Sea and East China Sea. South Korea has referred to the satellite as a spy satellite. This marks the third attempt by North Korea this year to place a satellite into orbit. The Japanese Coast Guard has confirmed North Korea’s ambitious plan.
Moreover, North Korea has criticized the recent sale of missiles to Japan and South Korea, considering it a dangerous act that could escalate tensions and lead to a diplomatic dispute in the region. Despite two previous failed attempts, North Korean scientists have pledged to try again in October.
Upon receiving notice from Pyongyang, the Japanese prime minister’s office took to social media to announce that they would collaborate with the United States, South Korea, and other nations in strong opposition to North Korea’s satellite launch, urging them to cancel the mission.
Pyongyang claims that it is planning to launch a fleet of satellites to monitor the movements of South Korean and American soldiers. The country has been persistently attempting to launch a military spy satellite into space.