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North Korea Asserts Satellite Capability And Signals Intent To Launch More

North Korea Declares Satellite Capability And Signals Intent To Launch More

In a recent development, North Korea has made bold claims about its satellite capabilities and issued a warning of further launches in the near future. The announcement from the reclusive nation highlights its growing ambition in the realm of space exploration.

According to official sources, North Korea’s leadership has emphasized the successful development of satellite technology, indicating their ability to place objects into orbit around the Earth.

The national security advisers of the United States, South Korea and Japan are scheduled to hold a trilateral meeting in Seoul on Saturday (Dec 9) after Pyongyang warned of launching more spy satellites.

US Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell on Thursday said that Washington was to focus more on deterrence while also working with its allies.

“I am worried that North Korea, in the current environment, has decided that they are no longer interested in diplomacy with the United States,” Campbell said.

Kim Jong Un examined the pictures

Earlier, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly examined the pictures of “major target regions” that were taken by his spy rocket satellite.

The regions included South Korea’s capital Seoul and all the other cities that host US military bases.

Kim inspected the shots, along with other imagery captured of some areas within North Korea, during his visit to the control centre of the National Aerospace Technology Administration (NATA) in Pyongyang on Friday (Nov 24), reported state news agency KCNA.

The pictures were taken as the satellite passed over the peninsula on Friday morning, said KCNA, which included captures of Seoul, and Mokpo, Kunsan, Pyeongtaek, Osan, where US and South Korean military bases are located.

“The NATA reported to Kim Jong Un on the plan for photographing the region of South Korean puppets and the additional fine-tuning process of the reconnaissance satellite,” the report said. That process would continue on Saturday, it said.

This assertion underscores the nation’s progress in advancing its space program and signifies its intention to continue expanding its satellite fleet.

International community has monitored North Korea’s activities

The statement serves as a reminder of North Korea’s determination to assert its presence in space, despite international sanctions and concerns regarding its ballistic missile program.

While the exact nature and purpose of these satellites remain unclear, North Korea’s pursuit of satellite launches highlights the nation’s desire to advance its technological capabilities.

The international community has closely monitored North Korea’s activities in the context of space exploration, given the potential dual-use nature of satellite technology.

North Korea’s announcement of its satellite capability and intent to launch more serves as a reminder of the need for continued vigilance and diplomacy in managing regional security concerns.

The international community, particularly neighboring countries and stakeholders,  are closely monitoring any future satellite launches for potential implications on regional stability and security.

As the situation unfolds, it is crucial for diplomatic channels to remain open, allowing for dialogue and engagement to address concerns and ensure the responsible and peaceful use of space technology.

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