Lancering Noord-Koreaanse spionagesatelliet mislukt (1) infographic
Graphic shows the Chollima-1 rocket and its launch path.


Noord-Koreaanse satelliet stort neer; meer lanceringen verwacht (1)

By Jordi Bou

June 2, 2023 - North Korea’s first spy satellite launch ended in failure after its second stage malfunctioned, with the regime vowing to conduct another launch as soon as possible.

The newly developed Chollima-1 rocket, carrying the Malligyong-1 spy satellite, launched from Sohae Satellite Launch Station on May 31, at 6:29am (local time).

After the separation of the first stage, the engine of the second stage failed to ignite, causing the rocket to lose thrust and fall into the Yellow Sea.

The launch sparked emergency warnings on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa and in the South Korean capital Seoul, where the city briefly issued an evacuation warning in error. Both alerts were later lifted.

North Korean officials vowed to conduct a second launch as soon as possible, suggesting that Kim remains determined to expand his weapons arsenal and apply more pressure on Washington and Seoul.

PUBLISHED: 02/06/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Newscom