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 planning another attempt to launch a military reconnaissance satellite. The government in Tokyo announced that it had been informed that North Korea intended to launch a rocket with a satellite into space between midnight today and midnight on December 1st.
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 protector, the United States, and neighboring South Korea to pressure North Korea not to carry out 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 the failed North Korean missile launches in May and August. They accuse North Korea of using technology directly related to its ballistic missile program.
UN resolutions prohibit North Korea from launching ballistic missiles of any range. Depending on the design, such rockets can also be equipped with a nuclear warhead. According to information from the Japanese government, North Korea has again designated three maritime danger zones where debris from the missile could potentially fall. Two were located west of the Korean peninsula and one east of the Philippine island of Luzon, it said. The three areas lie outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
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