According to the Japanese Coast Guard on November 21, North Korea said it would launch the above missile in the direction of the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea.
If the event takes place on schedule, it will be the third time this year North Korea has attempted to put a spy satellite into orbit, Reuters news agency said.
North Korea’s announcement was immediately condemned by Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio. He affirmed that Japan’s defense system, including the Aegis system and PAC-3 missiles, is ready for any “unexpected situation” that occurs.
“Even if their purpose is to put satellites into orbit, the use of ballistic missile technology is a violation of a series of resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. It is also a matter of great impact to national security,” Mr. Kishida told reporters.
The Japanese leader said the country will coordinate with the US, South Korea and many other countries to call on North Korea not to launch rockets carrying satellites.
According to Yonhap News Agency, South Korea also issued a warning about going to sea after North Korea’s announcement of its satellite launch plan.
In both similar missile launches this year, North Korea failed. In the past few days, South Korean officials said North Korea appeared to be looking to test again soon.
North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons program has long been opposed by countries such as the United States, Japan and South Korea.
North Korea’s notice was sent to Japan after Pyongyang protested the US selling hundreds of missiles to Japan and South Korea. Pyongyang sees this as a dangerous move, increasing tensions in the region and causing an arms race.
Public opinion is also particularly interested in information about this launch, because it will be the first time North Korea conducts a test launch after leader Kim Jong Un visited Russia.
During his trip in September, Mr. Kim met Russian President Vladimir Putin at Russia’s modern space center. President Putin then promised to help North Korea build satellites.