North Korea’s Failed Satellite Launch
MADRID, June 19 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The North Korean authorities have described the failed launch of the alleged military spy satellite on Monday as the “most serious” failure of this year. The rocket experienced a technical failure and fell into the Yellow Sea, triggering alert systems in South Korea and Japan.
A Significant Setback
“The most serious (mistake) has been the failure to launch the military reconnaissance satellite, the important strategic work in the field of special development, on May 31,” reads a report from the North Korean news agency KCNA.
These statements were made during the “extended plenary meeting” of the Central Committee of the North Korean Workers’ Party. The meeting, of a “strategic” nature, aimed to discuss the “transformation of the international situation” amidst months of regional tensions over ballistic tests and the war in Ukraine.
Importance of the Satellite Development Project
According to the report, the development of a military reconnaissance satellite is crucial for the North Korean Armed Forces and their preparedness for future conflicts.
The report also criticized officials responsible for the failed launch and called for a comprehensive analysis of the cause and lessons learned from the recent failure.
Enhancing Intelligence Capabilities
Pyongyang’s objective is to successfully launch the military reconnaissance satellite in the near future to improve the country’s intelligence capabilities.
“All the successes achieved in the development of various weapons systems, including nuclear weapons and missiles, are a significant step forward in strengthening the country’s nuclear war deterrence,” the report emphasized.
In late May, North Korea launched a rocket carrying military reconnaissance satellites, which ultimately failed and fell into the Yellow Sea. The launch briefly triggered evacuation alerts in Seoul, South Korea’s capital, and Okinawa prefecture in Japan.
The United Nations, NATO, the United States, South Korea, and Japan condemned the launch and called for a resumption of dialogue to achieve sustainable peace and complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.