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North Korea’s satellite launches

Date: 09 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous


North Korea is planning for a reconnaissance satellite using a controversial ballistic missile technology.



North Korea is a rogue nation, which has been conducting missile tests that could target western countries.



  • North Korea is suggesting that it is planning to resume its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), which can carry nuclear weapons.

  • The country has already tested satellite-related systems, indicating that it is a matter of time before North Korea attempts to put a satellite in orbit.


North Korea’s previous launches

  • Till now, North Korea has performed five tests out of which it has managed to place two satellites in orbit. The last successful test took place in 2016.

  • It had made use of three-stage rocket booster like the Unha-3 to place the satellite. The current images show launch pad for bigger rocket.

  • Supreme leader of the country, Kim Jong Un had expressed his desire to put a military reconnaissance satellite.


Dual use technology

  • United States and the west consider the rocket testing as a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions due to dual use nature.

  • The same technology can be employed for missile delivery. North Korea considers it as their right to carry out space technology tests.

  • The previous test in 2016 was criticized by USA and South Korea for being a ballistic test in disguise as it could use it to strike continental US.