On Tuesday, Pyongyang announced that it had successfully launched a military reconnaissance satellite on a new rocket.
According to North Korea’s state news agency, the rocket was launched Tuesday from the Sohae Cosmodrome. The flight lasted 705 seconds, with the Chollima-1 carrier rocket following its set course, which “accurately put the reconnaissance satellite ‘Malligyong-1’” into orbit.
Notably, the launch was attended by DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, who later congratulated all the specialists involved in the meticulous preparation and the blastoff.
A day prior to the event, Japan’s Coast Guard reported that Pyongyang had informed Tokyo of plans to conduct a satellite launch in the coming days.