North Korea informs Japan of satellite launch plan

North Korea has informed Japan of its plans to launch a satellite early next week, in an apparent attempt to put a second military spy satellite into orbit.

The information about North Korea came as the leaders of South Korea, Japan and China gathered in Seoul for their first trilateral meeting on Monday. Japan’s coast guard said it had been informed by North Korea about the scheduled launch of a ‘satellite rocket’, alerting security in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and China and east of the Philippine island of Luzon from midnight on Monday to June 3.

North Korea informs Japan of its launches as the Japan Coast Guard coordinates and distributes maritime security information in East Asia. The office of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Kishida had instructed officials to cooperate with the United States, South Korea and other countries in urging North Korea not to launch and take adequate measures in any emergency.

The information is believed to reflect North Korea’s attempt to launch its second military spy satellite into space. South Korea’s military said on Friday that it had received indications that North Korea was preparing to launch a spy satellite from its main Tongchang-ri launch center in the northwest.

North Korea builds space-base to counter US-led military threatsIt sent its first military reconnaissance satellite into orbit last November as part of its efforts to build a surveillance network.

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