North Korea touts new spy satellite (www.rt.com)

North Korea touts new spy satellite

North Korea says it has completed work on its first reconnaissance satellite and is preparing for its maiden launch, stressing the need to bolster its military capabilities amid continued threats from the US and South Korea.

After visiting the countrys space development agency one day prior, North Korean leader Kim Jongun unveiled the new military satellite on Tuesday, saying the tech would enhance Pyongyangs war deterrencegiven Washington and Seouls antiDPRK military posture.

Under these circumstances, it is only natural for our state to develop military deterrence commensurate with the current security environment, and acquiring and operating military reconnaissance means is essential in enhancing our military effectiveness, Kim said, as cited by the staterun Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

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The leader said successfully launching the spy satellite which he simply dubbed military reconnaissance satellite No. 1 is currently the most crucial primary task for the military, noting that its first voyage into space is scheduled for later this month.

Last December, Kim said North Korea had carried out an important finalstage test for putting a recon satellite into orbit, suggesting the military has made gradual progress on the new technology.

Pyongyang has carried out a flurry of weapons tests over the last year in response to joint USSouth Korean military drills, which it considers rehearsal for an invasion, and touted several new weapons in recent months.

In March, the DPRK showed off an underwater drone which it said was capable of producing radioactive tsunamis, while last week it claimed to have successfully tested its new Hwasong18 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Washington and Seoul have repeatedly condemned the Norths weapons tests, but have refused to scale back military operations around the Korean Peninsula, insisting the livefire war drills are purely defensive in nature.

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