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Pyongyang successfully launches a satellite- spy, Seoul suspends agreement

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Many people watched live as the last satellite was put into orbit North Korean, despite UN bans on the country's use of such technologies.

Agence France-Presse

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South Korea on Wednesday partially suspended a military agreement with North Korea, which announced that it had put a spy satellite into orbit in violation of UN resolutions.

A rocket that took off on Tuesday evening followed the planned trajectory and managed to put the Malligyong-1 satellite into its orbit, the official North Korean agency KCNA announced on Wednesday.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) – North Korea's official name – plans to launch more satellites in the near future to strengthen its surveillance capabilities over South Korea, KCNA added. /p>

Launching a reconnaissance satellite is the legitimate right of the DPRK to strengthen its self-defense capabilities, the DPRK stressed ;agency while the country considers itself threatened by South Korea and the United States.

The general staff of the South Korean army clarified for its part that it was analyzing this launch and could not yet confirm that the satellite had indeed been placed in orbit.< /p>

North Korea had already tried twice, without success, to put a satellite into orbit, last May and August.

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemns North Korea's use of a military satellite. (File photo)

South Korea reacted by announcing the partial suspension of a military agreement signed with North Korea on September 19, 2018 to reduce tensions along the highly secure inter-Korean border, in particular by creating maritime buffer zones. /p>

A South Korean government spokesperson told AFP that Seoul had not been able to notify Pyongyang directly of the suspension of this agreement, because the lines of communication with North Korea are cut.

The satellite launch was also condemned by the United States, Japan and the United Nations.

Any launch by North Korea that uses ballistic missile technology is contrary to United Nations Security Council resolutions, the deputy spokesperson for the head of the x27;UN Antonio Guterres, Farhan Haq, in a press release.

Even if they call it a satellite, launching something that uses ballistic missile technology is clearly a violation of UN resolutions , highlighted the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida.

The Japanese government does not confirm at this stage the putting into orbit of the spy satellite launched Tuesday by North Korea, Japanese government spokesperson Hirokazu Matsuno said on Wednesday.

This shooting is a flagrant violation of multiple resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, increases tensions and risks destabilizing the region and beyond, the spokesperson also reacted of the White House National Security Council.

The launch comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested in September, after a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, that his country could help Pyongyang build satellites.

Seoul and Washington later claimed that Pyongyang was shipping weapons to Russia, with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warning that military ties between North Korea and Russia were increasingly numerous and dangerous.

According to experts, the successful orbiting of a spy satellite would improve the capabilities of collecting intelligence from North Korea, particularly over South Korea, and would provide crucial data in the event of a military conflict.

Korea the South plans to launch its first spy satellite, using a SpaceX rocket, during the month of November.

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