February 15, 2019 09:59
North Korea has ballistic missiles and long-range rockets that are capable of entering the Earth's orbit and attacking other countries' satellites, the Pentagon warned Monday.
The warning came in a Defense Intelligence Agency report titled "Challenges to Security in Space," Voice of America reported.
North Korea and Iran "will maintain their ability to conduct [electronic warfare] against adversaries and theoretically could use their missile and [space launch vehicle] advancements to target orbiting satellites," the report said.
"North Korea will try to deny an adversary use of space during a conflict" but "has demonstrated non-kinetic counterspace capabilities, including GPS and satellite communication jamming."
But other experts believe the North still has a long way to go before it can intercept satellites.
Lee Chun-geun of the Science and Technology Policy Institute said it does not yet have the capability to strike a satellite, which flies at enormous speed, with a ballistic missile.
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