North Korea wants to use spy satellites to better spy on the United States and South Korea. But even with the second launch of a rocket with such a satellite, the country is apparently experiencing a setback.
The self-proclaimed nuclear power North Korea has said it has failed in its second attempt to launch a satellite for military purposes.
The carrier rocket with the “Malligyong-1” reconnaissance satellite took off from a rocket launch site in North Pyongan province on Thursday night, the state-controlled media reported. After that, however, there was a technical problem with the propulsion system of the third rocket stage, which is why the planned flight into space failed. Japan had previously announced that the missile had been fired over southern Japan towards the Pacific.
Pyongyang last tried in vain to launch a reconnaissance satellite on May 31. A third attempt is now planned for October.
The technology of space missiles and long-range military missiles differs little. The United States and its allies South Korea and Japan had condemned the missile launch that failed in May. They accused North Korea’s leadership of using technology directly related to its ballistic missile program. UN resolutions ban North Korea from launching ballistic missiles of any range. Depending on the design, such rockets can be equipped with nuclear warheads.
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