North Korea Warns Against Satellite Interference

( – One could imagine a science fiction or war movie with the opening scene of a very impoverished and isolated rogue nation whose leader is desperate for attention on the world stage and attempting to develop nuclear weapons that launch a spy satellite, and a wild ride ensues from there. That happened in real life north of the 38th parallel that splits the Korean Peninsula.

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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK/North) has successfully launched into orbit the Malligyong-1 spy satellite from its Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in the western portion of their country near the Chinese border, according to the state-run news Korea Central News Agency (KCNA). The release went on to say that President Kim Jong-un was in attendance along with several other high-level government officials to view the launch and congratulate the workers. The dictator also warned the United States to stay away from his new toy, and that any attempt at interference with it would be an act of war.

According to an official summary of a November 27 meeting of the United Nation’s Security Council (UNSC), Kim Song, North Korea’s representative, expressed his displeasure that the meeting was even called on behalf of “the United States and its follower States, as a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of his country…” He continued his rhetoric, claiming that the Council’s sanctions are nothing but the body was once again kowtowing to the United States and its long-running policies to strip the DPRK of “its sovereignty and the right to existence and development.”

United States Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield expressed some frustration during her first comment of the meeting. Even after repeated violations of United Nations sanctions against North Korea, their Communist brethren in Russia and China continually refuse to demand the country “abandon its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes [sic]…”

Chinese Ambassador Geng Shuang expressed his country’s concern about the turbulent political situation on the Korean Peninsula and very heavily implied that they believe the United States is squarely to blame for that. Russian Ambassador Anna Evstigneeva was a little more direct in her criticisms, pulling Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK/South) into the discussion, saying that because of military maneuvers and diplomatic strong-arming, the reactions from the government in Pyongyang should be expected.

The North Korean government has claimed that its satellite is been able to catch images of the White House, the Pentagon, and various military bases, however, the BBC quoted an unnamed US military official as saying that pictures of the two structures are ubiquitous online. They also report that there has been no independent confirmation of the satellite transmitting anything back to the earth during the week and has been in orbit.

However, just be safe, perhaps the next time the satellite is scheduled to pass over the White House, President Joe Biden should head out to the South Lawn and jump up and down holding a sign that says “Welcome to America!”

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