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North Korea is in the “terminal phase” of developing a spy satellite

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North Korea is in the “terminal phase” of developing a spy satellite

North Korea announced on Sunday that it had conducted an “important, final-stage” test to develop a spy satellite, which it seeks to complete by April 2023.

This came one day after the armies of Japan and South Korea announced North Korea’s launch of two medium-range ballistic missiles towards its eastern coast.

According to the North’s Korean Central news Agency, the test, which was conducted at the Sohae satellite launch site in the northwestern town of Dongchang-ri, was aimed at reviewing Pyongyang’s ability in satellite imaging, data transmission and ground control systems.

This year, Pyongyang conducted an unprecedented number of missile tests, including an intercontinental ballistic missile, aimed at reaching the US mainland, ignoring international sanctions.

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