West Confirms North Korea Satellite Orbit, Announces Drills

As this publication reported yesterday, North Korea immediately claimed that its Malligyong-1” on “the new satellite transport rocket Chollima-1” from the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground successively achieved mission orbit. However, the Japanese and South Korean governments have finally independently verified those claims.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Minister Matsumoto told press that the satellite launch was successful, but still needed to confirm the orbit at 2300 EST last night. However, South Korean Defense Minister Shin won-Sik told media this morning at 0400 EST that the satellite successfully achieved mission orbit and is set to begin its persistent collections mission by December 1st, 2023.

North Korean state-owned media also reported this morning that the satellite already transmitted imagery of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam which hosts several strategic U.S. assets such as Air Force bombers, fighters, and long-range UAS. Dictator Kim Jong-Un told his press that more satellites are needed.

In response to these claims, the South Korean government effectively suspended  the September 19th military agreement with the North which bars reconnaissance flights near the border. By 1500L today, the South Korean military already deployed several RC-800 drones to the military demarcation line to conduct ISR flights.

South Korean Defense Minister Shin Won-Sik also visited the U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson to emphasis a “strong will to respond” to the launch. South Korean media also reported that South Korea, Japan, and the United States are in talks to host maritime drills with the Carl Vinson as the flagship in response to the launch.

 

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Ethan Alun
Ethan Alun
A United States Naval Academy and American Military University Alumni, Ethan covers flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.
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