North Korea conducts ‘final-stage test’ for spy satellite: state media

SpaceDaily.com reports: “North Korea carried out an ‘important final-stage test’ for the development of a spy satellite, which it will complete by April next year, state media said on Monday.

The report comes a day after Seoul’s military said it had detected launches by Pyongyang of two medium-range ballistic missiles, the North’s latest in a year of unprecedented weapons tests.

Analysts say developing such a satellite would provide North Korea with cover for testing banned intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), as they share much of the same technology.

The launches were ‘an important final-stage test for the development of (a) reconnaissance satellite’, a spokesperson with the North’s National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA) said, according to the official Korean Central News Agency on Monday…”

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