South Korean military senior Kang Hopil urges North Korea to cancel its spy satellite launch promptly, emphasizing the need for immediate action.
Senior South Korean military officer Kang Hopil addresses the Defense Ministry in Seoul on Monday, November 20, 2023. (Photo: AP)
South Korea’s military issues a stern warning to North Korea against proceeding with its planned spy satellite launch, indicating potential retaliation. Senior military officer Kang Hopil urges immediate cancellation, emphasizing the protection of lives and safety. The delay in North Korea’s earlier attempts is attributed to possible Russian technological assistance.
Defense Minister Shin Wonsik anticipates the launch later in the month, with South Korea and the US closely monitoring the situation. The UN Security Council prohibits North Korean satellite launches due to concerns about missile technology tests.
Kang suggests that while North Korea seeks to enhance monitoring capabilities, the launch also aims to boost its long-range missile program. Accusations of North Korea receiving Russian military assistance for conventional arms, linked to the conflict in Ukraine, remain contentious. Potential retaliatory measures from South Korea, including suspension of inter-Korean military agreements, are hinted at by Kang, citing past violations by North Korea.
Tensions persist since the breakdown of nuclear diplomacy in 2019, with North Korea focusing on nuclear arsenal expansion and South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol increasing military drills with the US.