REPORT: North Korea Launches Surveillance Satellite Into Orbit

November 22, 2023

The President and his national security team are assessing the situation in close coordination with our allies and partners.

Adrienne Watson, National Security Council spokesperson said, after North Korea’s launch of a surveillance satellite.

What To Know: On its third launch attempt this year, North Korea – a U.S. designated state sponsor of terrorism – claims that it placed a surveillance satellite into orbit. The claim could not be confirmed immediately.

Why It Matters: The United Nations bans North Korea from satellite launches due to the belief that the launches serve as a cover for missile technology testing.

Kim Jong Un said North Korea plans to launch more spy satellites to “better monitor South Korea and other areas,” according to The Associated Press. U.S. National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a statement that Washington condemns this action as it “…raises tension and risks destabilizing the security situation in the region and beyond.” The statement also says, “We urge all countries to condemn this launch and call on the DPRK to come to the table for serious negotiations.

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North Korea says it put a military spy satellite into orbit on third try (The Associated Press)

North Korea claims it launched first spy satellite, promises more (Reuters)

by Sarah Pinkerton,