Lee Seong-joon, head of the Public Affairs Office at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a briefing that day, “South Korea and the U.S. intelligence authorities are continuing to track North Korea’s potential for various provocations, including the launch of military reconnaissance satellites, and weapons development trends in close cooperation.” However, Director Lee added, “There is no additional matter to be explained at this time.”
According to the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North Korean Workers’ Party of Korea, on the 16th, Kim Jong-un confirmed that the military reconnaissance satellite’s launch vehicle was “ready to mount” through on-site guidance of the non-standing satellite launch preparation committee project and approved a future action plan. The Labor Newspaper reported the news on the 17th and also released photos of the site.In the midst of this, some observers are raising the question of whether North Korea is attempting to launch a satellite on the occasion of the G7 summit to be held in Hiroshima, Japan on the 19th and 21st.
However, South Korean military authorities are known to believe that it will take some more time until North Korea’s ‘preparation’ for launching the satellite is over. This means that the possibility of attempting to launch a satellite before at least this weekend is not high.
For this reason, among observers and experts on North Korea, if North Korea attempts to launch a reconnaissance satellite, there is a high possibility that the timing will be around July 27, the 70th anniversary of the Korean War (Korean War) Armistice Agreement. .
North Korea commemorates the signing of the Armistice Agreement every year by calling it ‘Victory Day’, which means that they have ‘won the war’. In particular, this year’s ‘Victory Day’ in North Korea is a political anniversary (a year that is folded in units of 5 or 10 years), so a large-scale ‘celebration’ has already been announced.
(Seoul = News 1)
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