Snuggly, cuddly Kim Jong-un wraps warm to watch his spy satellite being launched

Gotta stay warm during those late night rocket launches.

Snuggly, cuddly Kim Jong-un wraps warm to watch his spy satellite being launched
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks on as a rocket carrying a spy satellite Malligyong-1 is launched, as North Korean government claims, in a location given as North Gyeongsang Province, North Korea in this handout picture obtained by Reuters on November 21, 2023. KCNA via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA.
Kim Jong-un stunned in a light brown winter coat as he attended the launch of a new spy satellite (Picture: Reuters)

Apparently, not even the fire bursting out of a rocket nuzzle is enough to keep Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, toasty and warm.

Yesterday, North Korea launched its first spy satellite into orbit from the Sohae satellite launch facility in Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province.

The Chollima-1 rocket threw the ‘reconnaissance satellite’ Malligyong-1 out into space at 10.42pm, according to North Korea’s KCNA state news agency.

The agency said North Korea has a fair few reasons to do this. ‘Strengthening its self-defensive capabilities’ and ‘defiantly ramping up war preparedness’ in the face of ‘the enemies’ dangerous military moves’ being among them.

Kim ‘oversaw the launch warmly congratulated all the cadres, scientists and technicians’ of the country’s space agency, NATA, the report added.

Photographs released by KCNA showed Kim casually watching the ‘successful’ rocket liftoff that came after two failed attempts to launch spy satellites this year.

epa10988691 A photo released by the official North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 22 November 2023 shows the launch of a new-type carrier rocket 'Chollima-1' carrying the reconnaissance satellite 'Malligyong-1' at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province, North Korea, 21 November 2023. According to KCNA, North Korea's National Aerospace Technology Administration (NATA) has successfully launched the carrier rocket 'Chollima-1' and 'accurately put the reconnaissance satellite 'Malligyong-1' on its orbit at 22:54:13, 705s after the launch'. EPA/KCNA EDITORIAL USE ONLY EDITORIAL USE ONLY
The Chollima-1 rocket carried what North Korea said was a ‘reconnaissance satellite’ (Picture: EPA)
epa10988692 A photo released by the official North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 22 November 2023 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with cadres, scientists and technicians of the National Aerospace Technology Administration (NATA) while overseeing the launch of a new-type carrier rocket 'Chollima-1' carrying the reconnaissance satellite 'Malligyong-1' at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province, North Korea, 21 November 2023. According to KCNA, North Korea's National Aerospace Technology Administration (NATA) has successfully launched the carrier rocket 'Chollima-1' and 'accurately put the reconnaissance satellite 'Malligyong-1' on its orbit at 22:54:13, 705s after the launch'. EPA/KCNA EDITORIAL USE ONLY EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Kim watched the liftoff with cadres, scientists and technicians of the National Aerospace Technology Administration (NATA) (Picture: EPA)
This picture taken on November 21, 2023 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on November 22, 2023 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un inspecting the launch of a rocket carrying the reconnaissance satellite 'Malligyong-1' from the Sohae Satellite Launch Site in North Phyongan province. North Korea said on November 22 it had succeeded in putting a military spy satellite in orbit after two previous failures, as the US led its allies in condemning the launch as a
Japan, South Korea and the US have so far been unable to verify the device went into orbit (Picture: AFP)

The rocket passed over Okinawa, Japan and fell into the sea east of the Philippines, the Japanese Kyodo News agency reported.

Neither Japan nor the US have been able to confirm whether the payload entered space.

Japanese leaders condemned Pyongyang for violating UN Security Council resolutions banning North Korea from using ballistic missile technology.

The country’s emergency warning system, J-Alert, was triggered at 10.55pm, urging residents in the southern prefecture of Okinawa to take shelter.

A person from Ishigaki City, Okinawa, said according to the Tawainese station FTV News: ‘We did not expect to launch in the middle of the night.

‘This is an unprecedented situation and we did not expect it.’

A rocket carrying a spy satellite Malligyong-1 is prepared to be launched, as North Korean government claims, in a location given as North Gyeongsang Province, North Korea in this handout picture obtained by Reuters on November 21, 2023. KCNA via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA.
The country’s state news gave the location of the launch as the North Gyeongsang Province (Picture: Reuters)
A rocket carrying a spy satellite Malligyong-1 is launched, as North Korean government claims, in a location given as North Gyeongsang Province, North Korea in this handout picture obtained by Reuters on November 21, 2023. KCNA via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA.
This is the third satellite launch by Pyongyang this year – and the first seemingly successful one (Picture: Reuters)
People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with a picture of North Korea's latest satellite-carrying rocket launch, at a railway station in Seoul on November 22, 2023. North Korea said on November 22, it had succeeded in putting a military spy satellite in orbit after two previous failures, as the US led its allies in condemning the launch as a
Seoul was spooked by the launch, which officials say went against UN resolutions (Picture: AFP)

The projectile split off into multiple parts, with one flung into the East China Sea, about 220 miles off the Korean Peninsula, at around 10.50pm. A second ended up in the Pacific Ocean around 745 miles southwest of Japan’s southernmost Okinotori Island at around 10.57pm.

No damage was recorded due to the missile, Tokyo’s top government spokesman, Hirokazu Matsuno, said.

North Korea had warned Japan it would send up a satellite within a nine-day window from today to December 1 before doing so the night before.

South Korea was startled, to say the least, by the launch too. Military officials said their shady neighbours launched an assumed military satellite in a southward direction from Tongchang-ri in North Korea’s northwest.

The country’s Ministry of National Defence in response said it intends to partially suspend an inter-Korean agreement and will restart front-line aerial surveillance of North Korea, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

The 2018 deal saw buffer and no-fly zones set up around the heavily fortified border between the North and South. Neither side can survey the other or conduct live-firing exercises.

Agreeing with Japan, Heo Tae-keun, South Korea’s deputy minister of national defence policy, said the North’s satellite launch was a clear violation of UN resolutions and ‘a grave provocation that threatens our national security’.

Seoul and Washington, he added, are ready to ‘promptly and strongly punish’ North Korea.

The Pentagon said it was ‘still assessing the success of the launch’.

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