North Korea is preparing to launch a spy satellite into orbit after a failed launch earlier this year, The Associated Press reported.
North Korea plans to launch a satellite in late August or early September and will resume long-range missile tests, the Associated Press reported. report. The increased military aggression comes in response to upcoming U.S.-South Korea military exercises next week and a trilateral summit between President Joe Biden and South Korean and Japanese leaders at Camp David on Friday.
South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) told lawmakers at a closed-door meeting that North Korea will test engines in rockets used to launch satellites into orbit and relay ground data, according to the Associated Press. It said it is installing new antenna technology that will be used. It will be North Korea’s second attempt to launch a spy satellite since its first satellite crashed into the ocean shortly after launch in May. (Related article: UN announces ‘conversation’ with North Korea over US soldiers’ fate)
North Korea has released images of its new satellite launch vehicle, Chollima-1, launched from a new launch pad in the West Sea. pic.twitter.com/9pFRz7ihcE
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NIS also detected unusual levels of activity at a North Korean weapons facility that produces intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), according to the Associated Press. The NIS said North Korea was likely preparing to test numerous missiles and weapons in response to increased cooperation between the United States, South Korea and Japan.
Some of North Korea’s ICBMs have long-range capabilities to reach the U.S. mainland, according to the Associated Press.
North Korea is extremely volatile in relations with the United States and its Asia-Pacific allies, criticizing North Korea as an “Asian version of NATO.” according to to Reuters. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for an “overwhelming” militaristic response to the US-South Korea joint exercises.
Biden met with South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at Camp David on Friday. according to to AP. The three leaders will discuss a number of global issues, including North Korea’s increased militarism and surveillance efforts.
The State Department did not respond to a request for comment.
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