North Korea says interference in its satellites would be declaration of
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[December 02, 2023]
By Heekyong Yang
SEOUL (Reuters) -North Korea said on Saturday it would consider any
interference with its satellite operations a declaration of war and
would mobilize its war deterrence if any attack against its strategic
assets were imminent.
Pyongyang would respond to any U.S. interference in space by eliminating
the viability of U.S. spy satellites, state media KCNA reported, citing
a statement from North Korea's defense ministry spokesperson.
"In case the U.S. tries to violate the legitimate territory of a
sovereign state by weaponizing the latest technologies illegally and
unjustly, the DPRK will consider taking responsive action measures for
self-defense to undermine or destroy the viability of the U.S. spy
satellites," the statement said.
DPRK are the initials of the North's official name, the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea.
North Korea says it successfully launched its first military spy
satellite on Nov. 21, transmitting photos of military installations in
the U.S. mainland, Japan and the U.S. territory of Guam.
A U.S. Space Command spokesman, asked if Washington had the capability
to interrupt the North Korean satellite's reconnaissance operations,
said the U.S. could deny an adversary's space capabilities using a
variety of means, according to U.S. broadcaster RFA.
In a statement issued later on Saturday, North Korea's foreign ministry
said it will take countermeasures against individuals and organizations
of the U.S. and "its vassal forces" that impose and enforce sanctions
against North Korea, adding that U.S. sanctions violate international
The United States on Thursday targeted North Korea with fresh sanctions
after the launch, designating foreign-based agents it accused of
facilitating sanctions evasion to gather revenue and technology for its
weapons of mass destruction program.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks on as a rocket carrying a spy
satellite Malligyong-1 is launched, as North Korean government
claims, in a location given as North Gyeongsang Province, North
Korea in this handout picture obtained by Reuters on November 21,
2023. KCNA via REUTERS/File Photo
South Korea on Friday blacklisted 11 North Koreans for involvement
in the country's satellite and ballistic missile development,
banning them from financial transactions.
North Korean state media issued a commentary by a North Korean
international relations analyst, who argued "the United States, the
world's biggest satellite possessor," should face the United Nations
Security Council if sending satellites is considered a crime.
"In case an unexpected clash happens in the Northeast Asian region
around the Korean peninsula, the U.S., which has continuously put
pressure on the security space of the DPRK by escalating military
threat and blackmail, will be held wholly accountable for the
catastrophic situation," the commentary said. It also blamed the
United States for joint military exercises with Japan and South
Korea, as well as for displaying its nuclear-powered aircraft
(Reporting by Heekyong Yang, Josh Smith, Jack Kim; Editing by
Lincoln Feast, William Mallard and Toby Chopra)
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