North Korea Launches ‘Important’ Reconnaissance Satellite System Test Test

North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, reported on Sunday (6/3) that North Korea had carried out an “important” test of a reconnaissance satellite system. The test came a day after regional military officials reported a ballistic missile test from his country for the second week in a row.

The launch drew criticism from the governments of the United States (US), South Korea and Japan. They worry that North Korea is preparing to carry out a major weapons test in the coming months.

They see North Korea’s satellite launch as a test of ballistic missile technology banned by United Nations Security Council resolutions.

According to the KCNA report, the National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA) and North Korea’s Academy of Defense Sciences carried out the launch “under a reconnaissance satellite development plan.”

It was the second test launch of the satellite device in a week, and the ninth this year.

“Through these trials, NADA confirmed the reliability of data transmission and satellite reception systems, command control systems and ground control systems,” KCNA said.

As with the February 27 test, KCNA did not specify the type of rocket used in the launch. [vm/ft]