North Korea says military reconnaissance satellite launch failed

Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
North Korea said on Tuesday that it launched a new rocket carrying a military reconnaissance satellite failed due to the midair explosion of the rocket during the first-stage flight this week.

Vice General Director of North Korea’s National Aerospace Technology Administration said that the rocket carrying the satellite, the Malligyong-1-1, exploded after it lifted off from the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on the country’s northwest coast on Monday, Yonhap news agency reported, cited the Korean Central News Agency.

The launch came hours after South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Chinese Premier Li Qiang held a trilateral summit in Seoul and reaffirmed their commitment to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula.

KCNA reported, cited the NATA official “The launch failed due to the air blast of the new-type satellite carrier rocket during the first-stage flight.”

A preliminary examination by experts from the North’s launch preparatory committee concluded that the “accident” was attributable to the operational reliability of a new “liquid oxygen plus petroleum” engine, the official said.

According to KCNA, the other causes of the failure will also be examined.

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