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North Korean Spy Satellite Explodes Due to ‘Operational Reliability’

News 06 Jun 2024 64 Views

After two failed attempts in 2023, North Korea initiated the latest spy satellite launch, which faced an explosion mid-way. Seoul and Tokyo had criticized the planning of the satellite launch, stating that it might not have been the best operation. The launch failure happened a few hours after it faced criticism. 

The North’s National Aerospace Technology Administration said that the satellite “exploded in the air during the first flight stage and failed to launch.” The official Korean Central news agency released a statement that stated operational reliability led to the cause. The recently constructed liquid oxygen and oil motor failed to ignite. 

From the beginning of Kim Jong-un’s regime, the country has been actively attempting to release spy satellites into orbit. Even though the officials claim that the Malligyong-1 (Telescope-1 in Korean) satellite has been successfully operating since November, Seoul’s intelligence agency implies it to be a false claim. Kim further suggests that North Korea received the technical assistance for launch from Russia. 

The Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea detected an ‘unidentified projectile’ in the sky, which exploded into tiny red fragments within minutes.  

A similar incident was reported by the public broadcaster NHK and other officials in Japan. The country’s senior Ministry of Defence said, “A footage of a flaming projectile can be seen over the Yellow Sea, but it’s unclear whether it was a satellite. The explosion happened mid-air, clearly missing the announced target of the missile.” 

Japan warned southern Okinawa residents before the launch and lifted it minutes later. The country, along with leaders of the United States and South Korea, strongly condemned the military activity, labeling it as an attempt to invalidate security and peace in the region. 

South Korea’s Kim suggests that Pyongyang is currently working on a strategy to modernize its military. They conducted several weapons tests last year and might launch three or more spy satellites in 2024.  

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