US And Close Allies Unite In Opposition To North Korea’s Planned Satellite Launch

In a show of solidarity, officials from Japan, South Korea and the United States have held phone talks to discuss North Korea’s plans to launch a satellite rocket between May 27 and June 4. The three nations share the view that the launch, which utilizes ballistic missile technology, would violate U.N. resolutions.

The Japan Coast Guard revealed that North Korea had notified them of the upcoming launch, which is set to take place in the direction of the Yellow Sea and east of Luzon Island in the Philippines. The notice comes as leaders from Japan, South Korea, and China prepare to meet in Seoul for a trilateral summit on Monday.

In response to the notification, the three allies have agreed to demand that North Korea cancel its planned launch. Japan’s Foreign Ministry stated that the officials discussed the matter and reached a consensus on the need for a united front against North Korea’s actions.

The launch is believed to be part of North Korea’s efforts to place its second military spy satellite into orbit, following the successful launch of its first reconnaissance satellite in November 2023. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has expressed his ambition to launch three more military spy satellites by the end of 2024, as the country seeks to establish a space-based surveillance network to monitor perceived threats from the U.S. and South Korea.

The international community has consistently condemned North Korea’s satellite launches, viewing them as thinly veiled attempts to test and refine the country’s long-range missile technology. As tensions on the Korean Peninsula continue to rise, the trilateral cooperation between Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. remains crucial in addressing the challenges posed by North Korea’s provocative actions.