According to Jo Sang-beom, a member of the parliamentary intelligence committee, after talks between the leaders of North Korea and Russia in September, Pyongyang sent data on launch vehicles used in two previous attempts to launch satellites, and Russia provided its analysis of the data to Reuters on Thursday.
North Korean spy satellite launched with Russian support
North Korean state media reported on Wednesday that the country’s leader had seen photos taken of US military facilities on the island of Guam, but Jo pointed out that it was difficult to verify whether the photos were actually taken by a satellite. Another committee member added that North Korea may launch more satellites and conduct a nuclear test next year.
Following news of a North Korean satellite launch, the South Korean authorities announced that they would stop observing the article of the 2018 agreement that prohibits them from conducting military reconnaissance of border areas.
UN resolutions – adopted with Russia’s support – prohibit helping North Korea develop technologies for ballistic missile programs, as well as cooperating with it in areas such as nuclear science and technology, aviation and aerospace engineering.
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