North Korea has just launched and put into orbit a military spy satellite. It would be practically operational. The rocket passed over Japan and put the country on alert.
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On Tuesday evening, the Japanese were able to see what they considered to be a missilemissile North Korean pass over their archipelagoarchipelago. This was not the case, since North Korea has just declared that it had succeeded in implementing orbitorbitthe Malligyong-1, its first military spy satellite. It should officially begin its reconnaissance mission from 1is December after a period of adjustments. This is the third time this year that the country has attempted to put a spy satellite into orbit. Furthermore, the country has already attempted seven launches over the past 25 years and two satellites are already in orbit. It remains unclear whether this launch was a success and whether the satellite truly entered orbit.
This satellite is supposed to strengthen the country’s self-defense capabilities, which plans to launch others soon. North Korea’s news agency said Kim Jong-un was able to view footage of U.S. military installations on the Pacific island of Guam. This territory is the main threat pointed out by North Korea. An announcement that makes experts doubtful, as it remains difficult to know if the on-board technologies are efficient since the country’s room for maneuver remains very limited to supply itself with cutting-edge components.
An alert in Japan
But even if the capabilities are relatively basic, the satellite will be able to provide real-time information on movementsmovements and military installations throughout the region and this is a big change for North Korea whose intelligence sources have been limited until now. This launch generated diplomatic consequences with the southern neighbor, since it led the South Korean government to partially suspend an inter-Korean military agreement aimed at reducing tensions, signed in 2018.
Drone surveillance operations along the border will also be carried out. For the South Koreans, this launch is the direct result of assistance from Russia after Pyongyang supplied weapons to Moscow. For its part, Japan declared that this launch had endangered the safety of planes and populations. The first floor of the rocketrocket fell in the East China Sea, about 350 kilometers west of the peninsulapeninsula Korean. A second stage passed between the island of Okinawa and the island of Miyako, which triggered an air alert since the rocket does not differ from a ballistic missile.
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