North Korea has reportedly been able to develop and a new and sophisticated reconnaissance satellite and might even have the technology to move it on to mobile launcher, according to most recent media reports.
An unnamed government source was quoted in a recent report in the South Korean newspaper the JoongAng Ilbo this week who claimed that cameras and telecommunication devices are atop the satellite which has been named Kwangmyongsong-5.
And in contrast to the previous satellites launch by North Korea, this one potentially has the ability to transmits back data to Earth, according to suggestions in the JoongAng Ilbo’s report that has been used and republished by a number of international media
Kwangmyongsong-4 was the name of the earth observation satellite that was the last that was sent by the rogue nation which was launched on February 2016.
There are also fears that testing of long range missiles in the guise of satellite launches is being made by the pariah state. The country has been barred by the United Nations launching of any form including the use of ballistic missile technology.
But despite the potentially heaviest sanctions by the UN on any country, Pyongyang has reiterated its commitment to continue with the development of a space program. His country had a plan to develop “practical satellites that can contribute to the economic development and improvement of the people’s living,” said North Korea’s deputy United Nations ambassador Kim In-Ryong in October.
an official from South Korea’s National Intelligence Service told the newspaper that a mobile launcher could be used to deploy and launch the Kwangmyongsong-5.
Sohae Satellite Launching Station, situated in the northern border of the country is the place from where rockets are usually launched by Pyongyang.
Meanwhile, in another development, there had been no export of oil products to North Kore from China in November according to Chinese customs data. This move is being seen as one by China to go above and beyond the UN sanctions on North Korea of reducing petroleum shipments there.
The rouge country has continued to defy years of U.N. resolutions and has maintained with its program of development of nuclear and missile programs. A sanction of limiting the shipment of oil product to just 500,000 barrels a year was imposed by the UN Security Council on North Korea just last week.
And in what is the second complete month of the latest trade sanctions imposed by U.N. on North Korea, no iron ore, coal or lead was imported from the rogue country by China. No gasoline, jet fuel, diesel or fuel oil was exported by China, the primary source for fuels for North Korea, was exported to North Korea by China, according to data from the General Administration of Customs released Tuesday.
“This is a natural outcome of the tightening of the various sanctions against North Korea,” said Cai Jian, an expert on North Korea at Fudan University in Shanghai. The tightening “reflects China’s stance,” he said.
“As a principle, China has consistently fully, correctly, conscientiously and strictly enforced relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea. We have already established a set of effective operating mechanisms and methods,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a regular briefing on Tuesday, without elaborating.
(Adapted from CNBC.com)