North Korea conducted an “important final-stage test” for the development of a reconnaissance satellite, state media reported Monday, a day after its neighboring countries said the nation launched two ballistic missiles toward the Sea of Japan.
North Korea’s National Aerospace Development Administration said it will complete preparations for its first military reconnaissance satellite by April 2023, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.
Pyongyang also released a picture of a projectile launch, as well as aerial photo images of South Korean capital Seoul and its nearby city Incheon.
The North’s space agency said Sunday’s test at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground was a “success,” confirming key elements such as the data processing and transmission capability of communication devices, as well as the tracking and controlling accuracy of a ground control system, KCNA reported.
The agency described it as a “high-angle launch of a test-piece satellite into the altitude of 500” kilometers that had been carrying three cameras and a video transmitter, among other items. The test results were immediately reported to the Central Military Commission of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, KCNA added.