North Korea ‘significant test’ to develop spy satellite: report

by Zauqi Farooqi
People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea

SEOUL

North Korea’s state media KCNA said on Monday that the country conducted an “important, final stage” test on Sunday in the development of a spy satellite. Which he wants to complete by April 2023.

The report was released a day after South Korean and Japanese militaries reported the North’s launch of two medium-range ballistic missiles toward its east coast.

KCNA said the test, conducted at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in the northwestern city of Tongchang-ri, was aimed at reviewing the country’s capability of satellite imaging, data transmission and ground control systems.

It said a vehicle carrying the artificial satellite was fired at a ‘high angle’ of 500 km (311 mi).

North Korea has conducted an unprecedented number of missile tests this year, including an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Its objective is to reach the US mainland, defying international sanctions.

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