North Korea Spy Satellite Launch Fails Written 1 June 2023


A TV screen shows an image of North Korea's rocket launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 1, 2023. | Credit: Ahn Young-joon; Associated Press–©

The AP reports, “North Korea’s attempt to put its first spy satellite into space failed Wednesday in a setback to leader Kim Jong Un’s push to boost his military capabilities as tensions with the United States and South Korea rise.” The AP adds, “After an unusually quick admission of failure, North Korea vowed to conduct a second launch after it learns what went wrong.” The AP goes on to report that the South Korean military “said it was salvaging an object presumed to be part of the crashed North Korean rocket in waters 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of the southwestern island of Eocheongdo. Later, the Defense Ministry released photos of a white, metal cylinder it described as a suspected rocket part.”
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