Written By: Zac Aubert
Published: Thu, Aug 24, 2023 9:29 PM
Latest Update: Thu, Aug 24, 2023 9:32 PM
North Korea has attempted to to launch a spy satellite again, but the mission ended in failure due to a critical error in the emergency blasting system during the third-stage flight, according to a statement from the nation's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
This marks the second unsuccessful attempt in the span of three months, with the previous launch failure occurring in May. North Korea has vowed to try again in October.
The rocket, named Chollima-1, took off from a launch site in Tongchang-ri in North Pyongan Province on the first day of a pre-announced week-long launch window.
The military reconnaissance satellite, known as Malligyong-1, was intended to be carried to orbit by the rocket but during the 3rd stage of flight the rocket encountered technical difficulties, breaking apart and crashing into the sea.
Japan's defense ministry reported that the rocket's fragments were scattered across various locations, including the Yellow Sea west of the Korean Peninsula, the East China Sea southwest of the Korean Peninsula, and the Pacific Ocean off the Philippines.
The rocket's trajectory even took it over Japan's Okinawa Prefecture. Fortunately, there were no casualties or property damage reported due to the rocket's failure.
South Korea, the United States, and Japan swiftly condemned the launch, citing violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions that prohibit North Korea from employing ballistic technologies for launches. The South Korean presidential office criticized the launch as a direct breach of these resolutions. Similarly, Japan's chief Cabinet secretary, Hirokazu Matsuno, labeled the launch as a threat to peace and stability in the region.
Adrienne Watson, a spokesperson for the White House's National Security Council, strongly denounced the launch, asserting that it involved technologies closely linked to North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile program. Watson urged Pyongyang to halt its provocative actions and instead choose diplomatic engagement.
The failed launch has sparked concern among neighboring countries, as North Korea's persistence in advancing its missile and satellite capabilities could escalate tensions in the region. Both South Korea and the United States are working closely to recover debris from the rocket in collaboration with the U.S. military. The retrieved debris is expected to shed light on the technological aspects of the rocket and the satellite.
The incident further underscores the ongoing challenges posed by North Korea's pursuit of advanced military technologies and its defiance of international restrictions while the country works to prove they to can reach orbit.
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