South Korea Says North Korea’s Spy Satellite Is Not Operational

(NationalUSNews.com) — North Korea’s newest spy satellite is currently in orbit, but according to South Korean intelligence officials, the satellite isn’t operational and doesn’t work as intended. The satellite, known as the Malligyong-1, is the first North Korean intelligence satellite to reach the Earth’s orbit successfully. Despite reaching orbit, sources in South Korea indicate the satellite cannot transmit data between Earth’s orbit and North Korea due to unidentified issues.

According to South Korea’s Ministry of Defense, the Malligyong-1 is orbiting without serving any purpose, marking yet another instance of North Korea falling behind other nations in regard to technological prowess. North Korea’s satellite launch comes as international relations between North Korea and South Korea are deteriorating due to concerns that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is planning an assault on his regime’s southern neighbor. The two nations are currently engaged in a space race, with both launching satellites and various rockets with far-reaching capabilities.

North Korea launched the Malligyong-1 in November 2023, marking its first successful satellite launch. South Korea subsequently launched a similar spy satellite shortly after North Korea, prompting criticism from North Korean representatives. According to North Korea, South Korea acted hypocritically by launching its reconnaissance satellite after accusing North Korea of acting inappropriately for doing the same thing. South Korea dismissed North Korea’s criticisms and highlighted planned future satellite launches as a concern for its citizens.

North Korea announced that it planned on producing and launching three more spy satellites throughout 2024, raising concerns among neighboring nations about a potential invasion. South Korea also intends to launch additional satellites in response but hasn’t confirmed an official launch date beyond the planned month of departure. South Korean officials predict that North Korea’s next satellite could launch before April, with South Korea’s next satellite launching sometime in May.

While discussing North Korea’s satellite, South Korean Minister of Defense Shin Won-sik accused Russia of aiding Kim Jong-Un’s regime in the spy satellite project. Shin claims that North Korea is using satellite launches and various military rocket tests to indirectly threaten South Korea by showing off Kim Jong Un’s regime and its military strength. United States intelligence officials echoed Shin’s claims and expressed their belief that Russia is aiding North Korea and preparing the country for expansion.

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