The US State Department warns it will use “a variety of tools” to “hold North Korea accountable” if the nation goes ahead with an illegal satellite launch.
State Department deputy spokesman Vedant Patel addressed the issue regarding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) at a news conference on Wednesday.
“Any launch by North Korea using ballistic missile technology would also include [space launch vehicles] The SLVs were used to launch a satellite into space, which would violate multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions,” Patel told reporters.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un it said it completed the military spy satellite this week as concerns mount that Pyongyang may prepare to launch the spacecraft using the banned technology in the coming weeks.
“We have been very clear in urging North Korea to refrain from further threatening activities and calling on Pyongyang to engage in serious and sustained diplomacy,” Patel said of the planned launch.
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“We have also been very clear about our firm commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, as well as seeking a dialogue with Pyongyang without preconditions,” the spokesman continued.
Even though Pyongyang has routinely defied international law when it comes to it ballistic missile tests and nuclear development, intends to go one step further and use long-range missile technology that has been banned by United Nations Security Council resolutions.
Kim said the satellite is needed for space reconnaissance and to counter the United States and South Korea, which have stepped up joint military exercises in the face of increased aggression and illegal missile tests in North Korea.
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Patel hinted at a “number of tools” available to curb North Korea’s illicit activity, promising to crack down on the hermit kingdom if necessary.
“In terms of actions, of course, we continue to have a number of tools at our disposal to hold the DPRK accountable. You’ve seen us take these steps and we will continue to do so,” Patel said Wednesday.
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Pyongyang’s claims about space capability remain dubious.
Some South Korean analysts have reportedly argued that the satellite revealed in images by North Korea’s state-controlled media is too small and insufficient to capture high-resolution images from space.
Caitlin McFall of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.