South Korea partially suspends military deal with North Korea
South Korea partially suspends military deal with North Korea after North Korea’s successful launch of spy satellite.
There has been a suspension of parts of the agreement between South Korea and the North aimed at lowering military tensions.
Pyongyang claimed to have successfully launched a spy satellite into space earlier this week.
The launch has raised security concerns for South Korea, according to Prime Minister Han Duck-soo.
A no-fly zone established under the military pact will be violated by Seoul as it resumes surveillance flights along its border with North Korea.
It is possible that tensions could further escalate as a result of these developments, according to some analysts.
Late on Tuesday, Pyongyang launched a rocket that contained the Malligyong-1 spy satellite.
The South Korean military confirmed Wednesday that the satellite had entered orbit, but cautioned that it was too soon to say whether it was functioning.
In a statement, US National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson warned that the move could “destabilize the security situation in the region and beyond.”
In January 2021, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un outlined a five-year military plan that included the development of a spy satellite.
Using this technology, Pyongyang could potentially monitor the movements of US and South Korean troops and weapons on the Korean Peninsula, allowing it to spot incoming threats. The North could also plot more precise nuclear attacks with the help of this technology.
The North Korean government announced that several more spy satellites would be launched soon.