(Dan Tri) – North Korea has informed Japan of plans to launch satellites after previous failed military satellite launches.
North Korea has notified the Japan Coast Guard of its plans to launch a satellite between November 22 and December 1, Kyodo reported.
According to the plan, North Korea plans to designate three dangerous areas at sea including the East China Sea, the Yellow Sea and the waters east of the Philippine island of Luzon.
On November 19, South Korean Defense Minister Shin Won-sik said North Korea could launch a reconnaissance satellite within the next week or at the end of November to “surpass” South Korea, which is preparing to send a military satellite. The first reached orbit on November 30.
The Joint General Staff of the Korean Armed Forces requested Pyongyang to immediately stop preparations for the launch.
North Korea’s first attempts to launch spy satellites in May and August failed. Pyongyang announced plans to make a third launch attempt in October but it did not happen.