North Korea has notified Japan that it plans to launch a satellite between November 22 and December 1 in the direction of the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, the Japanese coast guard said. This will be Pyongyang’s third attempt this year to put a spy satellite into orbit. The previous two failed.
North Korean scientists promised a new start in October. The launch will take place after leader Kim Jong-un’s visit to Russia in September, where he toured the country’s state-of-the-art space center. Then President Vladimir Putin promised to help Pyongyang build satellites.
North Korea announced the upcoming new launch shortly after denouncing the potential delivery of hundreds of US missiles to Japan and South Korea. Pyongyang has described the potential deal as a dangerous act that raises tensions in the region and leads to a new arms race.
North Korea’s Defense Ministry announced that the country will take measures to contain and respond to instability in the region caused by the United States and its allies. Pyongyang plans to deploy an entire fleet of spy satellites to monitor the activities of US and South Korean military units on the peninsula.
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