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NK outlet slams S. Korea for denouncing satellite project as ICBM development

All News 09:46 March 13, 2022

SEOUL, March 13 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean propaganda machine slammed South Korea on Sunday for denouncing what Pyongyang claims were recent satellite launch tests as efforts to develop a new intercontinental ballistic missile, arguing it is a double standard to take issue with space projects that all countries are entitled to undertake.

South Korea and the United States have recently announced their assessment that Pyongyang's purported satellite tests on Feb. 27 and March 5 were part of efforts to develop a new ICBM system ahead of a possible full-range rocket launch.

The North has claimed the launches were for "reconnaissance satellite" development.

"Many countries launch military satellites," Uriminjokkiri, one of the North's propaganda websites, said in a commentary. "It is a shameless and brigandish act to maliciously defame only our reconnaissance satellite launch preparations and talk even about sanctions."

It also said the South's denunciation is nothing more than "paranoiac convulsion."

The outlet also claimed that the reconnaissance satellite project is part of the country's five-year defense science and weapons system development plan.

"It is wrong for South Korean authorities, who are bent on developing various missiles and space launch vehicles targeting us, to put a double standard on our legitimate space development plans and exercise of our self-defense right," it said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) visits the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in Cholsan, North Pyongan Province, in this undated photo released on March 11, 2022, by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. Kim's visit to the satellite test site on the west coast came as Seoul and Washington jointly concluded Pyongyang's recent purported "reconnaissance satellite" development tests were those of a new intercontinental ballistic missile system. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) visits the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in Cholsan, North Pyongan Province, in this undated photo released on March 11, 2022, by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. Kim's visit to the satellite test site on the west coast came as Seoul and Washington jointly concluded Pyongyang's recent purported "reconnaissance satellite" development tests were those of a new intercontinental ballistic missile system. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)


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