North Korea’s reconnaissance satellite captured images of the White House, the Pentagon and American aircraft carriers at the Norfolk naval base, North Korean state media reported. There is no independent confirmation of this information.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly viewed satellite images on Tuesday.
Last week, North Korea announced the successful launch of its first reconnaissance satellite, which it said was designed to monitor US and South Korean military movements. State media have since reported satellite images of cities and military bases in South Korea and Italy.
As Reuters notes, Pyongyang has not yet published any images taken by the satellite. South Korea said the capabilities of the North Korean satellite could not be verified. A representative of the US Department of Defense could not confirm to TASS the authenticity of reports that the DPRK reconnaissance satellite took photographs of the White House and the Pentagon.
The US and South Korea condemned the launch of the satellite and called it a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
Earlier this year, North Korea tried twice to put its reconnaissance satellite into orbit – both attempts were unsuccessful. In September, Vladimir Putin, after a meeting with Kim Jong-un, said that Russia would help the DPRK with the construction of satellites.
On November 23, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers in a closed briefing that it was likely that the North Korean satellite was successfully launched into orbit thanks to Russian assistance. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, denied information about the DPRK’s assistance with the launch of the satellite. According to her, the accusations “of allegedly illegal military-technological or military-technical cooperation with the DPRK are not supported by any evidence.”
According to the UN resolution, which Russia supported, states are prohibited from assisting the DPRK in developing technologies that Pyongyang can use in ballistic missiles.