North Korea publishes photos taken from space, revealing that it is developing a spy satellite

North Korea publishes photos taken from space, revealing that it is developing a spy satellite - Photo 1.

People in Seoul, South Korea watch news about North Korea’s ballistic missile launch on February 27 – Photo: REUTERS

The above information was announced a day after the countries discovered that North Korea launched a flying object. The KCNA report did not detail what type of missile was used in the test.

However, the South Korean side said it appeared to be a ballistic missile launched from an area near Pyongyang, where the international airport is located. The South Korean military said the North Korean missile had reached a maximum altitude of about 620 kilometers and had a range of about 300 kilometers.

According to KCNA, the aforementioned launch helped confirm the operation accuracy of the high-definition imaging system, data transmission system and control devices by “conducting vertical and oblique imaging.” about a particular area of ​​the earth”, with cameras mounted on spy satellites.

“This test has great significance in the development of a spy satellite,” KCNA wrote.

North Korean media released two photos showing the Korean peninsula from space.

North Korea publishes photos taken from space, revealing that it is developing a spy satellite - Photo 2.

This photo taken on February 27 and released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 28 shows an image of the Korean peninsula taken from space during the test of developing a spy satellite by North Korea. Tien – Photo: KCNA

Developing a military spy satellite is among several steps North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for last year. North Korea has successfully put at least two satellites in orbit in the past, with the most recent being in 2016, but both are believed to be decommissioned.

North Korea’s move comes as South Korea plans to conduct a solid-fuel space launch in March. This is part of a project to deploy Seoul’s own military satellites to monitor North Korea.

The February 27 launch was North Korea’s eighth test this year and the first since January 2022, when Pyongyang launched a record number of missiles.

Before the February 27 launch, the most recent missile launch was on January 30, in which North Korea launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile with a camera mounted on the missile’s arrow.

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