North Korea is preparing to launch a satellite into orbit within the next week, according to a South Korean official. The announcement comes as Seoul warns Pyongyang to cease the launch, which it sees as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
Kang Ho-pil, the chief director of operations at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, has directly called on North Korea to halt preparations for the launch. This warning follows two previous failed attempts. Kang emphasized that if North Korea ignores the warning and proceeds with the military spy satellite launch, South Korea’s military will take the necessary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of its people.
The official did not elaborate on the specific measures that South Korea has in mind. However, the statement indicates that the country is prepared to take action to counteract any potential threat posed by the satellite launch.
The North Korean regime has previously used satellite launches as a way to test its ballistic missile capabilities. The international community has condemned such actions, as they are seen as a violation of United Nations resolutions.
It is worth noting that satellite launches utilize similar technology to ballistic missile systems, raising concerns about North Korea’s military intentions. These launches are seen as a way for the country to advance its missile development program, putting the region and potentially beyond at risk.