Kim Jong Un has instructed officials to proceed with the launch of North Korea’s first spy satellite as scheduled, with the aim of strengthening the country’s surveillance capabilities and countering the perceived threats posed by the United States and South Korea.
Kim Jong Un leader of North Korea (Image source – AP)
According to state media, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has instructed officials to proceed with the launch of the country’s first spy satellite as scheduled, citing the need to strengthen their reconnaissance capabilities and counter perceived threats from the United States and South Korea.
Last December, North Korea conducted a crucial “final phase” test for the spy satellite, and announced that it would finalize preparations for the launch by April.
As reported by the state news agency KCNA, during his recent visit to the National Aerospace Development Administration, Kim Jong Un instructed officials to proceed with the launch of North Korea’s spy satellite as planned. He also directed them to launch several reconnaissance satellites on different orbits to augment the country’s surveillance capabilities.
While KCNA announced that the production of the satellite had been completed, it did not provide any details on the scheduled launch date.
According to the state news agency, Kim Jong Un emphasized the crucial task of acquiring real-time information about hostile forces’ military movements, and referred to it as the “most important” objective.
He also criticized the deployment of US strategic assets in the region, alleging that it aimed to transform South Korea into an advanced base for aggression and a weapon cache for war.
According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un stated that the possession of a spy satellite was a crucial task that North Korea must fulfill to strengthen its armed forces.
The state news agency further reported that Kim emphasized the satellite’s importance as an instrument of sovereignty and a legitimate means of self-defense for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which is the official name of North Korea.
According to a photograph released by state media, Kim Jong Un was seen conversing with officials in the presence of his daughter in front of an indistinct image of a satellite.
The visit to the National Aerospace Development Administration took place shortly after North Korea conducted a test of a new solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile, which analysts suggest could enable missile launches with minimal notice.
Kim Jong Un, as reported by KCNA, stated that the United States and South Korea are currently conspiring to intensify their military posture against North Korea. In light of this development, Kim emphasized the need for the DPRK to develop a formidable military deterrence capable of addressing the current and future serious security environment. He added that such an initiative was natural and necessary for North Korea to safeguard its security interests.