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North Korea says interference in its satellites would be declaration of war

Published Dec 02, 2023 01:05AM ET Updated Dec 02, 2023 11:01AM ET
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3/3 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks on as a rocket carrying a spy satellite Malligyong-1 is launched, as North Korean government claims, in a location given as North Gyeongsang Province, North Korea in this handout picture obtained by Reuter 2/3

By Heekyong Yang

SEOUL (Reuters) -North Korea said on Saturday it would consider any interference with its satellite operations a declaration of war and would mobilise its war deterrence if any attack against its strategic assets were imminent.

Pyongyang would respond to any U.S. interference in space by eliminating the viability of U.S. spy satellites, state media KCNA reported, citing a statement from North Korea's defence ministry spokesperson.

"In case the U.S. tries to violate the legitimate territory of a sovereign state by weaponizing the latest technologies illegally and unjustly, the DPRK will consider taking responsive action measures for self-defence to undermine or destroy the viability of the U.S. spy satellites," the statement said.

DPRK are the initials of the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

North Korea says it successfully launched its first military spy satellite on Nov. 21, transmitting photos of military installations in the U.S. mainland, Japan and the U.S. territory of Guam.

A U.S. Space Command spokesman, asked if Washington had the capability to interrupt the North Korean satellite's reconnaissance operations, said the U.S. could deny an adversary's space capabilities using a variety of means, according to U.S. broadcaster RFA.

In a statement issued later on Saturday, North Korea's foreign ministry said it will take countermeasures against individuals and organisations of the U.S. and "its vassal forces" that impose and enforce sanctions against North Korea, adding that U.S. sanctions violate international law.

The United States on Thursday targeted North Korea with fresh sanctions after the launch, designating foreign-based agents it accused of facilitating sanctions evasion to gather revenue and technology for its weapons of mass destruction programme.

South Korea on Friday blacklisted 11 North Koreans for involvement in the country's satellite and ballistic missile development, banning them from financial transactions.

North Korean state media issued a commentary by a North Korean international relations analyst, who argued "the United States, the world's biggest satellite possessor," should face the United Nations Security Council if sending satellites is considered a crime.

"In case an unexpected clash happens in the Northeast Asian region around the Korean peninsula, the U.S., which has continuously put pressure on the security space of the DPRK by escalating military threat and blackmail, will be held wholly accountable for the catastrophic situation," the commentary said. It also blamed the United States for joint military exercises with Japan and South Korea, as well as for displaying its nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

North Korea says interference in its satellites would be declaration of war
 

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Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Dec 02, 2023 4:57PM ET
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there are military scenariosry where Chima uses the DPRK to attack a major Western military Base in Japan. Australia, The Philippines,amd the USA then claiming non involvement.
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Ac Tektrader Dec 02, 2023 1:44AM ET
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it's time to tell China to clean house in tbe pathetic DPRK. or the West will.
Jared Krebsbach
Jared Krebsbach Dec 02, 2023 1:44AM ET
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We'll send you first, how does that sound tough guy?
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Otis Grant Dec 02, 2023 1:44AM ET
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Yes agree time to wipe out NK and Kim
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there are other ways to neutralize a small country with crazy people running it, than sending an army and going to war. but then sending an army would be an example of a s.imple minded leader .
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I see the first thing that came to mind for you, was a simple minded solution....jared
 
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