South Korean National Defense Minister Shin Won-sik has stated that North Korea is likely to launch its third military reconnaissance satellite by the end of this month. The United States and South Korea are cooperating to monitor Pyongyang’s preparations for this satellite launch.
Shin revealed during a KBS television program that he believes North Korea will launch the satellite within a week, or at the latest, by November 30. While no specific details were provided, Shin mentioned that it typically takes a week to prepare and fuel the rocket at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Tongchang-ri, located in the northwestern region of North Korea.
The North Korean regime has a history of utilizing satellite launches to test their ballistic missile technology. These launches have been a source of concern for neighboring countries and the international community, as they are seen as a potential violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.
North Korea’s first military reconnaissance satellite was reportedly launched in 2012, followed by its second in 2016. These actions have fueled concerns about the country’s growing capabilities in the field of space technology and its potential implications for its ballistic missile program.
The launch of a third military reconnaissance satellite by North Korea could further escalate tensions in the region and provoke international condemnation. The United States and South Korea are closely monitoring the situation and will take necessary measures to ensure regional stability and security.