Kim Jong Un
In Photos: Kim Jong Un Visits Rocket Launch Site Amid Reports North Korea Is Testing ICBMs Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un will be launching a number of satellites in the coming years to enable them to gather real-time information on the military activities of the United States and its western allies. The country’s state media said North Korea is preparing to launch reconnaissance satellites over the next five years that will go through a sun-synchronous polar orbit.

According to VOA News, this comes as Kim went on to inspect North Korea’s National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA) emphasizing its purpose of developing the technology to provide his armed forces with significant information against the aggression of US troops and its deployed forces in neighboring allies, South Korea, Japan, and the Pacific.

As Ukraine continues to resist Russian invading forces, North Korea speculates their satellite launch could prove just as controversial as their weapons tests being that they use the same banned ballistic missile technology. On Feb. 27 and March 5, North Korea, conducted two satellite systems tests but South Korean authorities along with Japan and the United States accused the North of launching short-range ballistic missiles.

The weapons launch drew much international flak, causing US military to increase its surveillance and reconnaissance of the Yellow Sea. The US also confirmed it had heightened its ballistic missile defense readiness in light of the increase in North Korea’s missile launch tests and recent satellite images of ongoing construction in its decommissioned nuclear test sites.

North Korea’s state media, KCNA reported that Kim defended its satellite plans to protect the country’s sovereignty emphasizing their legitimate rights to exercise self-defense measures.

"He stressed that this urgent project for perfecting the country's war preparedness capacity by improving our state's war deterrent is the supreme revolutionary task, a political and military priority task to which our Party and government attach the most importance," KCNA said.

In its previous space satellite launches, the US was quick to condemn these as violations of the UN Security Council resolutions. Kim’s persistent weapons tests have imposed prolonged sanctions on the country

North Korea’s ruling party stated they strongly believed nuclear weapons are their only saving grace for their nation to prevent possible invasions. Party officials also said that Russia would never have attacked if Ukraine kept its own nuclear weapons.

North Korean missile test
People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on March 5, 2022, after North Korea fired at least one "unidentified projectile" in the country's ninth suspected weapons test this year according to the South's military. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

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