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U.S. Condemns North Korea’s Failed Recon Satellite Launch

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Yonhap News

On the 27th, the United States condemned North Korea’s reconnaissance satellite launch, which failed.

According to Voice of America (VOA), a U.S. State Department spokesperson stated, “The United States condemns the DPRK’s May 27 launch, which incorporated technologies that are directly related to the DPRK’s ballistic missile program and took place in violation of multiple UNSC resolutions.”

The spokesperson emphasized, “U.S. Senior Official for North Korea Jung Pak has been in close consultation with her South Korean and Japanese counterparts regarding the launch. We will continue to work with the international community to send a strong signal to the DPRK that its actions will only intensify its isolation as it undermines stability and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.”

“We urge all countries to condemn the DPRK’s unlawful WMD and ballistic missile programs and press the DPRK to engage in serious dialogue. Our commitments to defending the Republic of Korea and Japan remain ironclad,” he added.

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, which oversees U.S. forces in South Korea, also criticized in a statement the same day, “We are aware of the DPRK’s May 27 launch using ballistic missile technology, which, is a brazen violation of multiple unanimous UN Security Council resolutions, raises tensions, and risks destabilizing the security situation in the region and beyond.”

The command added, “We are assessing the situation in close coordination with our allies and partners.”

“While this launch does not threaten U.S. territory or our allies, we will continue to monitor the situation,” they reiterated.

Meanwhile, North Korea admitted that the reconnaissance satellite launch failed. Korean Central News Agency quoted the National Aerospace Technology Development deputy director as saying, “The new type of satellite carrier rocket exploded in the air during the first stage of flight, resulting in a failed launch.”

Daniel Kim
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