PYONGYANG: North Korea defended strengthening its military capability, asserting it as a sovereign right and a response to a US-led space surveillance system, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Tuesday.
The report featured a commentary by a researcher at North Korea’s National Aerospace Development Administration.
North Korea has informed Japan of its intention to launch a satellite between Wednesday and December 1st. Both Tokyo and Seoul have expressed concerns, labelling it a potential third attempt to place a spy satellite into orbit, contravening a UN prohibition.
On Tuesday, Japan’s Coast Guard disclosed that North Korea had issued a notice of the launch, specifying the direction toward the Yellow Sea and East China Sea. South Korea’s state maritime safety agency has issued warnings to vessels in anticipation of the planned launch in the same areas as previous attempts.
North Korea made two unsuccessful attempts to launch purported spy satellites, prompting recent statements from South Korean officials saying that it appeared set to try again soon.