November 29, 2023

Seoul announces new space program plans as North Korea cries ‘double standards’

South Korea seeks to develop lunar lander, while DPRK outlet says recent rocket launch could have military purposes

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol outlined plans on Wednesday to land a spacecraft on the moon, hours after a North Korean propaganda outlet slammed Seoul’s recent launch of a homegrown rocket as evidence of “double standards.”

Yoon’s remarks came during a visit to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute on Wednesday to congratulate scientists on the successful test-launch of a Nuri rocket last month. Analysts previously told NK News that North Korea could use the South’s space program as further justification for its own rocket development.