September 30, 2023

Kim Yo Jong denounces US over criticism of North Korea’s failed satellite launch

Sister of leader defends right to use space and says DPRK ‘certain’ to deploy spy satellite soon

The North Korean leader’s sister Kim Yo Jong has defended her nation’s efforts to launch a military spy satellite, denouncing the U.S. on Thursday for criticizing the DPRK’s space program but not those of other countries.

The statement, published by the external-facing Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), implicitly acknowledges the failure of Wednesday's launch and follows a short message on the incident by North Korea’s space agency a day earlier.