Rocket carrying North Korea’s spy satellite explodes shortly after takeoff

A rocket launched by North Korea to put the country’s second spy satellite into space exploded shortly after takeoff, state media reported.

This is a setback for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who is hoping to deploy satellites to keep an eye on the US and South Korea. The launch failed at a time when the leaders of South Korea, China and Japan met in Seoul for the first trilateral meeting in more than four years. It is unusual for North Korea to take such a provocative action when its key ally China is holding high-level diplomatic talks in the region.

North Korea’s neighbouring countries had criticised the launch as the United Nations has banned North Korea from carrying out any such launch. North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said it launched a spy satellite on a new rocket from the main northwestern space centre. But the rocket exploded soon after take-off due to a suspected engine problem.

Japan’s Defense Minister Minoru Kihara described North Korea’s launch as a “serious challenge to the whole world.” South Korea described the satellite launch as a “provocative move that poses a serious threat to our and regional security.”

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