North Korea seems to be entering shutdown mode, as it and South Korea try to upstage each other over major satellite launches.
Knewz.com has learned South Korea is accusing the North of restoring guard posts along the border which were taken down in 2018.
North Korea launched its first spy satellite November 21. By: X/Sprinter Monitor
Five years ago, an agreement reduced the security level for 11 guard posts along the Demilitarized Zone. The countries still have more than 200 of them.
But things changed in recent days, when the North launched a spy satellite. Knewz reported it occurred on Tuesday, November 21 on the third try.
In response, Knewz noted South Korea suspended part of the 2018 agreement so it could watch the DMZ by air.
South Korean border patrol guards watch the DMZ. By: MEGA
Its neighbors to the north reacted by moving in heavy weapons along the border, according to Military.com.
South Korea’s defense ministry claimed that North Korea’s soldiers brought weapons to the DMZ and have been rebuilding the guard posts that were destroyed within the 2018 agreement.
Reuters reported that South Korea claims the North also set up a recoilless rifle, which is described as a “portable anti-vehicle weapon or light artillery piece.”
South Korea is ready to launch its own initial spy satellite. That event is scheduled for Thursday, November 30.
The difference is that United Nations Security Council resolutions outlaw any North Korean satellite launches. They’re considered a potential cover for long-range missile tests.
The United Nations Security Council has passed resolutions against North Korean satellite launches. By: MEGA
The U.S. government called an unscheduled Security Council meeting for Monday, November 27 to discuss the North’s launch, according to Reuters. But Russia and China have been reluctant to criticize North Korea.
Reuters reported that North Korean media announced its leader Kim Jong Un was in Pyongyangaw to see the control center of the space agency and observe photos taken by its new spy satellite of the United States’ Anderson Air Force military facility on Guam.
North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un has been reportedly viewing images of U.S. military bases. By: MEGA
North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Kim Son Gyong fired back at international condemnation of the spy satellite launch.
He said the comments reveal “the most hideous and brazen-faced violation of sovereignty that denies the justification of the existence” of the North, according to ABC News.
The KCNA news service said that North Korea reserves the right to put more satellites in space.
“It is a legal and just way to exercise its right to defend itself and thoroughly respond to and precisely monitor the serious military action by the U.S. and its followers,” a statement said.
More than a dozen other countries have spy satellites in orbit. A 2020 Deutsche Welle report estimated the U.S. military may have as many as 485 of them.
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