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North Korea announces its intention to launch 3 new rockets with spy satellites

North Korea announces its intention to launch 3 new rockets with spy satellites North Korea intends to launch three new rockets with spy satellites (photo: Getty Images)

North Korea intends to launch 3 rockets and place new spy satellites into orbit next year, as well as develop a new generation of drones, states North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"Based on the experience of successfully launching and operating the first spy satellite in 2023 in the space development sector, the task of launching three additional reconnaissance satellites in 2024 was declared to vigorously promote the development of space science and technology" said Kim Jong Un in the report.

He also declared that Pyongyang is now ruling out the possibility of reunification with South Korea, adding that North Korea must fundamentally change its principles and direction towards South Korea.

North Korea's missile tests

On the eve, it became known that North Korea allegedly conducted the launch of a short-range ballistic missile towards the East Sea. However, a few hours later, Pyongyang conducted a second missile test. In response, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida convened a National Security Council meeting.

Against the backdrop of a series of missile tests, the United States and South Korea are working on a joint nuclear defense strategy that would allow them to create an integrated system to deter North Korea's nuclear weapons by the middle of next year. In particular, they aim to complete the development of comprehensive instructions on how to jointly deter and respond to the nuclear threat posed by North Korea by 2024.

Ukraine also soon condemned North Korea's missile tests and called for increased pressure on Pyongyang.