North Korea’s new satellite launch pad. Photos/twitter/warmonitors
PYONGYANG – North Korean media (North Korea) released two pictures showing the new launch pad used in the country’s first failed attempt.
North Korea is seeking to place a military surveillance satellite in space this week.
Although the country’s first attempt to launch a spy satellite outside Earth’s atmosphere ultimately failed, North Korean leaders are confident they will soon succeed.
⚡️ #BREAKING North Korea releases two images of the launch of the Chollima-1 rocket yesterday rising from the new launch pad at Sohae.
A few moments after, this launch failed and the satellite was lost. pic.twitter.com/Es5mbsfLSv
— War Monitor (@WarMonitors) May 31, 2023
The statement gave the world their first glimpse of their new launch pad facility.
The pictures were published alongside an official statement by Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, pledging efforts to launch the satellite to continue.
“The DPRK military reconnaissance satellite is confirmed to begin its mission in space orbit soon,” he said using the abbreviation of the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Responding to accusations by US officials that the launch violated UN sanctions, Yo-jong stated, “Nothing has given the US the authority to dispute the sovereign rights of any particular country.”