N.Korea 'Could Attack Satellites'

  • By Yu Yong-weon

    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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