Kim inspects North Korea’s first spy satellite

SpaceWar.com reports: “Leader Kim Jong Un has inspected North Korea’s first military spy satellite and gave the go-ahead for its ‘future action plan,’ state media said Wednesday.

Kim met with the Non-permanent Satellite Launch Preparatory Committee on Tuesday before viewing the satellite, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

A month ago, Kim said construction of the satellite was completed and gave the green light for its launch.

That report on April 18 came about a week after Pyongyang launched what it said was a new solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile, marking a major breakthrough in its banned weapons programs.

Analysts have said there is significant technological overlap between the development of ICBMs and space launch capabilities.

On Tuesday, ‘after acquainting himself in detail with the work of the committee, (Kim) inspected the military reconnaissance satellite No. 1, which is ready for loading after undergoing the final general assembly check and space environment test’, KCNA said…”

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