May 17, 2023
Kim Jong Un inspects preparatory committee for launching reconnaissance satellite
The non-permanent satellite-launching preparatory committee for launching military reconnaissance satellite No. 1, which is composed of scientists and technicians of the DPRK Aerospace Development Administration, national defence science research institutes and universities and scientific research institutions at all levels of the DPRK, is pushing ahead with its work at the final stage amid an intensive campaign for bolstering up the self-defence capabilities to attain the major five-point goals for developing national defence capabilities set at the Eighth Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea.
After acquainting himself in detail with the work of the committee, he inspected military reconnaissance satellite No. 1 which is ready for loading after undergoing the final general assembly check and space environment test.
He highly appreciated that the preparatory committee has fulfilled its duty and role in a responsible manner in the course of carrying out the important work for dramatically developing the military technology of the country.
To successfully launch the military reconnaissance satellite is an urgent requirement of the prevailing security environment of the country, a process of correctly implementing the Party's and government's policy of bolstering up the defence capabilities on a top priority basis, and at the same time a clear stride forward in the space military and scientific and technological development of the country, he said, specifying the strategic goals to be attained continuously in the field of space research.
Repeatedly stressing the strategic nature of possessing military reconnaissance satellites, he said that the more desperately the US imperialists and south Korean puppet villains escalate their confrontational moves against the DPRK, the more squarely and offensively the DPRK will exercise its sovereignty and right of legitimate self-defence to deter them and defend the country.
He approved the future action plan of the preparatory committee.