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North Korean spy satellite fails to reach space

By Dasl Yoon

31 May 2023 · 3 min read

informed Summary

  1. North Korea attempted to launch a military satellite from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, but the second stage of the rocket malfunctioned and crashed into the Yellow Sea.

SEOUL—North Korea’s first military satellite crashed into the Yellow Sea and failed to launch into space, Pyongyang’s state media said, a test that triggered emergency alerts in South Korea and Japan.

North Korea launched a rocket carrying a military satellite around 6:27 a.m. local time from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, the country’s state media said hours later. But the second stage of the rocket malfunctioned, causing it to crash into the waters between China and the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang will conduct another launch in the near future, the report said.

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