North Korea may test brand new recon satellite: South Korea media report

North Korea has reportedly developed a more advanced reconnaissance satellite in addition to may be able to move which on a mobile launcher.

Named the Kwangmyongsong-5, the satellite is usually equipped with cameras in addition to telecommunication devices, South Korean newspaper the JoongAng Ilbo said which week, citing an unnamed government source.

JoongAng Ilbo’s report suggested the Kwangmyongsong-5 could transmit data to Earth, unlike its previous satellites.

The rogue state’s last rocket launch was in February 2016, when which sent an Earth observation satellite known as the Kwangmyongsong-4 into orbit.

Many fear which the pariah state, which is usually supposed to be banned by launches using ballistic missile technology, is usually testing long-range missiles disguised as satellite launches.

Still, Pyongyang has long defended its right to develop a space program. In October, North Korea’s deputy United Nations ambassador, Kim In Ryong, said his country had a plan to develop “practical satellites which can contribute to the economic development in addition to improvement of the people’s living.”

The Kwangmyongsong-5 could be deployed by a mobile launcher, an official by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service told the newspaper.

Pyongyang usually launches rockets by the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, which is usually near the country’s northern border with China.

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