North Korea has admitted that its missile with a spy satellite fell into the sea. Japan briefly issued an emergency alert for Okinawa prefecture on Wednesday, urging its residents to take shelter, the Japan Times reported.
In a statement published in state media North Korea admitted that its spy satellite rocket fell into the sea off the west coast of the Korean Peninsula after it lost thrust after the separation of the first and second stages.
The satellite rocket was launched around 6:30 a.m. local time from the northwest Tongchang-ri area in the north of the country, where the country’s main space launch facility is located, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
Activated warning systems in Japan
South Korea and Japan tracked the rocket’s launch and noted that it disappeared from radar shortly after launch.
Japan’s J-Alert alert system urged Okinawans to “take shelter in their homes or underground immediately” at around 6:30 a.m. local time.
The warning was lifted about 30 minutes later, after Japan’s coast guard said it was likely a North Korean missile fell into the sea and missed its target.
North Korean Spy Satellite Remains Found
The South Korean army has announced that it is in the process of recovering the remains of a North Korean spy satellite that fell into the Yellow Sea after a technical problem with the rocket that carried it.
“At around 8:05 a.m. our military identified an object believed to be part of an allegedly North Korean-launched ‘space launch vehicle’ in the sea 200km west of Eocheong Island and is in the process of recovering it,” the army said.
The military spy satellite – along with multi-warhead missiles, a nuclear submarine, a solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile and a hypersonic missile – is one of several high-tech weapons systems that the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un intends, contrary to the resolutions UNenter into your army.
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