North Korea has told Japan that it plans to launch an intelligence satellite anytime between Wednesday this week and December 1.
Japan and South Korea say North Korea may attempt to launch a third spy satellite this time, in violation of UN sanctions.
Japan’s coast guard said on Tuesday that North Korea had given notice of the satellite launch over the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea. South Korea’s State Maritime Safety Agency has since asked ships to be cautious in areas where satellites have been launched.
North Korea has failed in two previous satellite launch attempts. South Korean officials have said in recent days that they believe North Korea will launch satellites again soon.
North Korea’s state media KCNA said on Tuesday that North Korea has the sovereign right to strengthen its military power against the US-led space surveillance system.
However, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned such efforts after North Korea gave notice of satellite launch plans. Besides, he ordered the readiness of Japan’s defense system, including the country’s Aegis destroyers and PAC-3 air defense missiles, to avoid any untoward situation.