North Korea Plans to Launch 3rd Spy Satellite

North Korea has attempted two other launches this year .

North Korea Plans to Launch 3rd Spy Satellite

North Korea has told Japan it plans to launch a satellite between November 22 and December 1. The announcement came after the US aircraft carrier arrived at the South Korean port of Busan. Japan's government said on Tuesday that North Korea had informed it that it planned to launch a rocket carrying a military satellite in the direction of the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea.

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Spy Satellite into Orbit

This is its third attempt to send a spy satellite into orbit after two failed attempts earlier this year. It is likely to be launched anytime between November 22 and December 1. North Korea made this announcement at a time when the US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson arrived in the South Korean port of Busan. The ship has been sent here to increase preparedness against Pyongyang's missile threats.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says Japan is considering its response, along with partners such as South Korea and the United States. He said that the use of any ballistic missile technology would be a violation of United Nations resolutions. The plan to launch the satellite comes after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's extraordinary visit to Russia last September. In Russia, he visited a state-of-the-art space launch center, where Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would help Pyongyang develop satellites.

Movements of American and South Korean Troops

Since North Korea wants to monitor the movements of American and South Korean troops, it wants to send a military spy satellite into orbit for this purpose. North Korea conducted its first nuclear weapons test in 2006, in response to which the United Nations Security Council passed several resolutions against it, including calling for it to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

North Korea Condemned

Earlier this week, North Korea condemned the possible sale of hundreds of missiles by the United States to Japan and South Korea, saying it would increase tensions in the region. North Korea has previously attempted to launch "surveillance" satellites, two of which have successfully reached orbit. However, it has not been conclusively confirmed whether these satellites are sending signals or not.

International Maritime Organization's

North Korea, as the International Maritime Organization's coordinating authority for these maritime areas, has informed Japan of its launch plans three times. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned the new announcement and said he had instructed government agencies to "collect information and make every effort to provide it to the Japanese people, with the cooperation of the countries concerned." Do your best to prepare for the unexpected while calling for the cancellation of the launch plan."

Chief Director of Operations for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff

South Korea responded to the announcement by warning its northern neighbor against the launch. "We strongly warn North Korea to immediately suspend its current preparations to launch a military spy satellite," Kang Ho-pil, chief director of operations for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Monday. Our military will take the required action to ensure people's lives and safety if North Korea proceeds with launching a military surveillance satellite in defiance of our warning," he continued.

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