North Korea appears to be preparing to launch its 2nd spy satellite, South Korean military says

Seoul, May 24 (AP) North Korea appears to be preparing to launch its second military spy satellite into space, South Korea’s military said on Friday, as animosities remain high over the North’s continued weapons tests.

Last November, North Korea placed its first military reconnaissance satellite into orbit as part of its efforts to build a space-based surveillance network to deal with what it calls US-led military threats.

– Advertisement –

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later told a key governing party meeting that his country would launch three additional military spy satellites in 2024.

On Friday, South Korea’s military told local reporters at a background briefing that it detected signs that North Korea is engaging in activities believed to be preparations to launch a spy satellite at its main Tongchangri launch facility in the northwest. The military said South Korean and US intelligence authorities are closely monitoring the North Korean moves.

The contents of the briefing were shared with foreign media outlets including The Associated Press. The South Korean military didn’t immediately explain exactly what North Korean activities were spotted in the Tongchangri area.

After launching its Malligyong-1 spy satellite on November 21, North Korea said it had transmitted imagery of key sites in the US and South Korea, including the White House and the Pentagon. But it hasn’t released any photos, prompting widespread doubts about the capacity of its satellite.

– Advertisement –

In recent months, North Korea has extended its run of missile tests to expand its weapons arsenal. Analysts say North Korea likely thinks a larger arsenal would increase its leverage in future diplomacy with the United States.

Last week, South Korea said North Korea fired suspected multiple short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast. North Korea later said it tested a tactical ballistic missile with a new autonomous navigation system. (AP)

PY

– Advertisement –



8 Places You Must Visit in Darjeeling



Top Travel Destinations In India For June-July



10 Must-Visit World Heritage Sites In India



Popular Destinations In India For Monsoon Holiday



Explore India’s 7 Coolest Gateways To Beat The May Heat

The Hills Timeshttps://thehillstimes.in/

Welcome to The Hills Times, your trusted source for daily news and updates in English from the heart of Assam, India. Since our establishment in 2000, we’ve been dedicated to providing timely and accurate information to our readers in Diphu and Guwahati.
As the first English newspaper in the then undemarcated Karbi Anglong district, we’ve forged a strong connection with diverse communities and age groups, earning a reputation for being a reliable source of news and insights.
In addition to our print edition, we keep pace with the digital age through our website, https://thehillstimes.in, where we diligently update our readers with the latest happenings day by day. Whether it’s local events, regional developments, or global news, The Hills Times strives to keep you informed with dedication and integrity. Join us in staying ahead of the curve and exploring the world through our lens.

Read More

The Hills Times