As North Korea discloses the failed launch of a military reconnaissance satellite, attention is focused on its intention.
On the 1st, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released a picture of the Chollima type 1 satellite carrier rocket launched from the launch pad in Dongchang-ri, Cholsan-gun, North Pyongan Province, North Korea the day before, flying up with flames.
The launch site is clearly different from the existing Seohae Satellite Launch Site, and is estimated to be a new launch site (the second launch site) that North Korea recently built on a beach about 3 km away from the existing Seohae Satellite Launch Site.
The upper part of the projectile has a blunt shape with a diameter thicker than the body, confirming that the satellite, not the warhead, is mounted. North Korean missiles have a warhead that is thinner than the body.
At least two flames of the projectile were identified, and it was captured that they were a combination (clustering) of multiple engines.
It is unusual for North Korea to disclose the scene of the launch, even though the projectile crashed after the second-stage engine failed to ignite properly, and the wreckage was salvaged by the South Korean military.
The Korean Central News Agency, which released the photos, is a medium that North Koreans do not have access to and North Korea uses for external purposes.
North Korea’s National Space Development Agency officially acknowledged the failure about two and a half hours after the launch the previous day, but related information has not yet been reported on the Rodong Sinmun, Chosun Central TV, and Chosun Central Broadcasting, which are accessible to residents.
Speculation is being raised that the release of the launch photo confirming that the satellite was mounted along with the prompt admission of failure was intended to emphasize that the launch vehicle the previous day was not an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or other weapon system.
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