December 05, 2023

Seoul downplayed military value of North Korea’s spy satellite: Missile expert

Tal Inbar calls on South Korea to disclose images of DPRK satellite and rocket, highlights threat of Pyongyang’s drones

An aerospace specialist from Israel called on South Korean authorities to disclose images of the North Korean military spy satellite that Pyongyang failed to put in orbit in May, stating that Seoul has downplayed its significance as a strategic asset.

Tal Inbar, former head of the Space and UAV Research Center at Israel’s Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, rejected the ROK military’s claim that the satellite had “no efficacy for military use.” South Korea recovered the wreckage following a 36-day operation after the DPRK’s space rocket splashed down in the Yellow Sea on May 31.