Kim’s sister defends North Korea’s spy satellite capabilities

SpaceWar.com reports: “North Korea has developed advanced technologies to take images from space using a spy satellite, the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un insisted Tuesday, after experts mocked black-and-white images supposedly taken from space in a weekend launch.

Kim Yo Jong’s defense of North Korea’s satellite capabilities comes after the isolated country said it conducted an ‘important final-stage’ test for the development of a reconnaisance satellite.

But experts in Seoul quickly raised doubts, saying the quality of the photos — presumably taken from the satellite — were too poor.

In a lengthy, vitriolic statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, Kim said it was ‘too inappropriate and careless’ to evaluate Pyongyang’s satellite development progress and capability based on the two images.

She insisted a camera installed on the satellite had the ‘reliability of ground control including attitude control and shooting control command in a suitable space flight environment’.

Kim also said the satellite’s data transmission devices and encryption processing technology were reliable…”

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