North Korea launches suspected ‘spy satellite’

North Korea launches suspected ‘spy satellite’

South Korea’s military says rocket is believed to be carrying a spy satellite as Japan issues alert for Okinawa residents.

North Korea has conducted a rocket launch believed to be carrying a satellite, South Korea said, in what would be Pyongyang’s third attempt to put a spy satellite in orbit this year.

South Korea’s military said the rocket was believed to be carrying a spy satellite and was launched toward the south.

“North Korea has fired what it claims is a military surveillance satellite in a southwards direction,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Tuesday.

Japan also confirmed the launch, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s office posting on X: “North Korea has launched a suspected ballistic missile.”

Japan issued an emergency warning for residents in the southern prefecture of Okinawa to take cover but promptly lifted the warning, saying the projectile had “passed into the Pacific”.

North Korea had previously notified Japan that it planned to launch a satellite sometime between November 22 and December 1.

Japan’s Coast Guard said that the North gave notice of the launch in the direction of the Yellow Sea and East China Sea. South Korea’s state maritime safety agency issued a warning to vessels of the planned launch for the same areas as previous launches.

North Korea had tried to launch what it called spy satellites twice earlier this year, but failed. South Korean officials have said in recent days that it appeared set to try again soon.

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