North Korea Calls Out U.S. Hypocrisy as South Launches Spy Satellite
North Korea Criticizes U.S. for ‘Double Standards’ Over South Korea’s Military Satellite Launch
North Korea vows to continue its reconnaissance mission without falter
On December 4th, North Korea leveled accusations of “double standards” against the U.S., criticizing its reaction to South Korea’s spy satellite launch while condemning North Korea’s reconnaissance satellite launch. Experts note that this satellite, potentially modifiable into an intercontinental ballistic missile, is subject to UN Security Council sanctions. Many view this critique as a strategy by North Korea to cloud the issue.
In a statement released through the Korean Central News Agency, the National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA) of North Korea criticized the United States for its double standards regarding satellite launches. They accused the U.S. of condemning North Korea’s satellite launch as a threat to regional peace and stability while viewing South Korea’s satellite launch differently in terms of compliance with international law.
NADA also condemned the U.S. for what they perceive as hypocritical behavior, alleging that the U.S. imposes sanctions and condemns North Korea’s actions while supporting South Korea’s reconnaissance satellite launch, which they argue is clearly for military purposes.
They expressed curiosity about how the U.S., which ten years ago stated South Korea’s satellite launch was different from North Korea’s due to a lack of military intent, would defend South Korea’s current reconnaissance satellite launch.
NADA suggests that South Korea’s reconnaissance satellite, which they call a “military colony of the U.S.,” will be used for hostile purposes against North Korea. They deemed the imposition of U.S. standards in space, which they regard as humanity’s commonwealth, unacceptable.
Finally, NADA vowed to continue developing its aerospace reconnaissance capabilities to monitor and control the military movements of the U.S. and other hostile forces.
Earlier, South Korea successfully launched its first military reconnaissance satellite using SpaceX’s ‘Falcon 9’ launch vehicle from Vandenberg Space Force Base in the U.S. on the 2nd.