North Korea Claims Successful Launch Of Spy Satellite

North Korean state media outlet KCNA claimed on Tuesday that Kim Jong Un was shown photos of the Pentagon and the White House that were allegedly taken by the country’s newly-launched spy satellite, Reuters reported.

On November 21, officials in Japan and South Korea reported that Pyongyang had successfully launched its first spy satellite. North Korean officials said the satellite was designed to monitor the military movements of South Korean and US forces.

Since its launch, North Korean state media has reported that the satellite has taken photos of military bases and cities in South Korea, Guam, Italy, and Washington, DC. So far, Pyongyang has not publicly released any of the satellite imagery, leaving analysts questioning whether the satellite’s launch was successful.

South Korea, which on Tuesday announced that the November 30 launch date for its first reconnaissance satellite was delayed due to weather, said the capabilities of North Korea’s spy satellite could not be verified.

In a press briefing with reporters on Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder confirmed that North Korea’s satellite entered orbit but would not comment on KCNA’s claims about the photos, saying dismissively that there are “plenty of images” online of both the White House and Pentagon.

Tuesday’s alleged satellite images of the White House and Pentagon were the latest in what KCNA called “major target regions.”

Kim reportedly also reviewed satellite photos of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the US Naval Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, and the Naval base in Newport, Rhode Island where four nuclear-powered US aircraft carriers and a Royal British Navy aircraft carrier were allegedly spotted, according to KCNA.

The images were all reportedly taken on November 27.

Both the US and South Korea condemned the satellite launch and accused North Korea of violating UN Security Council resolutions banning it from using ballistic technology.