September 30, 2023

North Korea says it failed to launch spy satellite but will try again soon

Seoul issues ‘wartime alert’ to evacuate over launch, says space launch vehicle splashed down west of ROK

North Korea tried and failed to launch a military spy satellite on Wednesday morning due to a problem with the rocket engine, according to DPRK state media, saying it would make another attempt “within the shortest period possible.”

The rare same-day launch announcement from Pyongyang came just minutes after South Korea said it had determined the launch failed and that the rocket landed in waters west of the ROK.