October 01, 2023

North Korea says it will launch first military spy satellite in June

Top military official says asset needed to monitor ‘dangerous military acts’ of US and ROK, condemning joint drills

A top North Korean military official has announced that the country will launch its first military spy satellite in June, calling the asset necessary to monitor the “dangerous military acts” of U.S. and South Korea.

In a statement released Tuesday morning, Ri Pyong Chol criticized joint exercises like ongoing live-fire “annihilation” drills and U.S. reconnaissance activities as justifying the satellite launch.