North Korea Claimed That Its Spy Satellite Took a Series of Pictures of South Korea and the U.S.

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North Korea Says It Has Confirmed Major Military Bases In South Korea And The United States By Satellite

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited the Pyongyang General Control Center of the Korean Aerospace Technology Agency on the morning of Nov. 25 to view photos taken by reconnaissance satellites between 9:59:40 a.m. and 10:02:10 a.m. of important target areas including Jinhae, Busan, Ulsan, Pohang, Daegu, and Gangneung, according to the the Joseon Joongang News.

The reconnaissance satellites launched on the night of Nov. 21 were able to see Seoul, Pyeongtaek, Osan, Busan, Daegu, Jinhae, and the rest of the Korean Peninsula, as well as U.S. military bases in Guam and Hawaii.

Taking Pictures Of A Satellite And Transmitting Them To The Ground Is An Important Step In Verifying That A Satellite In Orbit Is Functioning Properly

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North Korea hasn’t released the images, so it’s hard to tell if the claims are true, and some analysts believe that even if the reconnaissance satellites are functioning, their resolution is too low to be of military use.

However, it is also argued that North Korea’s reconnaissance satellites are likely to be able to see large targets such as military facilities and aircraft carriers, which cannot be underestimated.

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