Moscow. November 17. INTERFAX.RU – North Korea may launch a military spy satellite within a week, South Korean Defense Minister Shin Won-sik said on Sunday, citing intelligence data. Yonhap writes about this.
Shin Won-sik suggested that North Korea will carry out its plan before the launch of the first South Korean reconnaissance satellite, which is scheduled for November 30. Seoul will use the Falcon 9 rocket of the American company SpaceX for this purpose.
At the same time, Shin Won Sik noted that the United States and South Korea are monitoring the actions of the DPRK. According to him, Pyongyang needs about a week to move the engine from the Tongchangri test site, assemble the launch pad and refuel.
Earlier, the South Korean military reported a possible attempt to launch a North Korean spy satellite, scheduled for November 18. This date was declared Missile Industry Day by Pyongyang to commemorate the successful launch of the Hwasong-17 ICBM on this day in 2022.
North Korea made two unsuccessful attempts to launch a reconnaissance satellite into orbit in May and August respectively, and promised to try again in October, but failed to meet its deadline.