The United Nations Security Council bans any satellite launches by North Korea because it views it as a disguised test of its missile technology. Kang said North Korea needed a spy satellite to improve surveillance of South Korea.
South Korea’s military warned North Korea not to proceed with its planned spy satellite launch, suggesting on Monday that Seoul could suspend an inter-Korean peace accord and resume frontline aerial surveillance in retaliation for the launch. Can do. North Korea failed in its first two attempts to put a military spy satellite into orbit earlier this year and did not follow through on a pledge to make a third attempt in October. South Korean officials said the delay was likely because North Korea is receiving Russian technical assistance and that North Korea could conduct a launch in the coming days.
Senior South Korean military officer Kang Hopil urged North Korea to immediately abort its third launch attempt. Kang said in a televised statement that if North Korea proceeds with the launch of a military spy satellite despite our warnings, our military will take necessary measures to protect people’s lives and safety. South Korean Defense Minister Shin Wonsik said in an interview with public broadcaster KBS on Sunday that the launch is expected to take place later this month and that South Korean and US officials are monitoring North Korea’s activities. The United Nations Security Council bans any satellite launches by North Korea because it views it as a disguised test of its missile technology. Kang said North Korea needed a spy satellite to improve surveillance of South Korea, but its launch was also aimed at boosting its long-range missile program.
South Korea has accused North Korea of acquiring Russian technology to enhance its nuclear and other military capabilities in exchange for supplies of conventional weapons to support Russia’s war in Ukraine. Both Moscow and Pyongyang have dismissed the alleged arms transfer deal as baseless, but both countries are pushing to expand bilateral cooperation, albeit separately, locked in long-standing security tensions with the United States.