Japan's Defense Minister Reportedly Confirms Object Launched by N. Korea Orbiting Earth
© AFP 2023 YUICHI YAMAZAKIThe Japanese national flag is seen at the Bank of Japan (BoJ) headquarters in Tokyo on April 3, 2023.
© AFP 2023 YUICHI YAMAZAKI
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Japanese Defense Minister Minoru Kihara confirmed Friday that "some object" launched by North Korea was "orbiting the Earth" after Pyongyang said it had launched a reconnaissance satellite into orbit, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported.
The agency cited Kihara as saying that the ministry had made the assessment in collaboration with the United States and South Korea. However, the minister refrained from commenting on whether Pyongyang's satellite launch was successful, the report said.
Japan will carefully analyze whether the object has been functioning as planned after the launch, Kyodo cited Kihara as saying.
On Tuesday, North Korea successfully carried out the previously announced launch of its Malligyong-1 military reconnaissance satellite and announced plans to launch several more satellites in a "short span of time."
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Following the launch, South Korea partially suspended the 2018 inter-Korean military agreement aimed at reducing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. In response, Pyongyang announced its decision to restore all military measures suspended under the 2018 inter-Korean military accord.
Earlier on Thursday, South Korean Defense Minister Shin Won-sik said that the state's previous decision to partially suspend the 2018 inter-Korean military accord was only a "minimal defensive measure" in response to the North's "provocations." Kim Gi-hyeon, the leader of the ruling People Power Party, said later on Thursday that South Korea might scrap the agreement altogether if North Korea "continues its provocations."