North Korea wants to put a military reconnaissance satellite into orbit. According to experts, the technology of space rockets and long-range military rockets differs little.
According to information from the Japanese government, North Korea is considering a new attempt to launch a military reconnaissance satellite. The Tokyo government said it had been informed that North Korea intended to launch a rocket with a satellite into space between midnight today and midnight December 1.
North Korea has already failed twice this year in its attempt to put a military reconnaissance satellite into orbit. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ordered his government to coordinate with Japan’s patron, the United States and neighboring South Korea, to pressure North Korea not to proceed with the launch.
According to experts, the technology of space rockets and long-range military rockets differs little. The United States and its allies South Korea and Japan condemned North Korea’s failed missile launches in May and August. They accuse North Korea of using technology directly linked to its ballistic missile program.
UN resolutions prohibit North Korea from launching ballistic missiles, regardless of their range. Depending on their design, these rockets can also be equipped with a nuclear warhead. According to information from the Japanese government, North Korea has again designated three dangerous maritime zones where debris from the missile could potentially fall. Two of them were located in the west of the Korean Peninsula and one in the east of the Philippine island of Luzon, the statement said. All three zones are outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. (dpa)
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