(Tokyo) – North Korea has notified the Japanese Coast Guard of its intention to launch a satellite in the coming days, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported Tuesday.
Kyodo reported that the launch, scheduled for August 24-31, would mark another attempt to launch a military satellite, like the one that failed in May.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday called on North Korea to “cancel” the imminent launch of its satellite, which the Japanese government said Pyongyang had told him, three months after a similar attempt failed.
‘ I asked the ministers [japonais] Kishida told reporters: “To provide information to the public, cooperate with relevant countries, and call on North Korea to cancel this launch and take all possible measures to prepare for any unexpected eventualities.”
On May 31, a missile presented by Pyongyang as a launch pad for a military monitoring satellite fell into the Yellow Sea shortly after takeoff, citing a technical problem in North Korea.
Pyongyang has made it clear that it wants to “confront the dangerous military actions of the United States and its henchmen.”
The launch was condemned by the United States, South Korea and Japan, which denounced the new violation of United Nations resolutions banning North Korea from launching ballistic missiles, whose technologies are similar to space launchers.
The shooting prompted missile alerts in Japan and South Korea, including a critical emergency in Seoul.
After the wreckage was recovered and analyzed, the South Korean Defense Ministry indicated that, according to experts, the device “has no military utility as a reconnaissance satellite.”
Although it does not publicize its missile tests in advance, the North Korean regime generally reports its space programs that are presented as peaceful.
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