(CNN) — North Korea launched what it claims is a military reconnaissance satellite toward the south, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday.
North Korea had notified Japan of its intention to launch a satellite-carrying rocket towards the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea between midnight Tuesday and midnight December 1, local time in Japan, the agency said Tuesday. Japan Coast Guard.
This launch would be Pyongyang’s third attempt to put a satellite into orbit after two failed launches in May and August.
Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida responded Tuesday to the launch plan by saying the government would “strongly request cancellation” and work with countries such as the United States and South Korea to “prevent North Korea from carrying out the launch,” he said. his office in a statement posted on X (formerly known as Twitter).
North Korea got Russian support for its satellite, South Korean intelligence says
North Korea has exported more than a million projectiles to Russia since early August, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) reported.
The NIS had also warned that North Korea was in the final stages of preparing to launch a satellite and was carrying out inspections on the engine and launch device in early November.
“North Korea appears to have received technical guidance from Russia, which increases the chances of a successful launch. However, they still face challenges in terms of technology and financing. Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) re-entry technologies and multiple warheads are not yet secured,” said Yoo Sang-bum, a member of South Korea’s ruling party and the parliamentary Intelligence Committee, citing the NIS.