On Sunday North Korea announced that it had conducted “another important test” towards the reconnaissance satellite development which is one of the main defence projects Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader announced last year, but analysts from South Korea warned that it was a ballistic missile launch rather than a “test” and it was carried out only days before a presidential election in South Korea on Wednesday.
Seven weapons tests were carried out in January at Pyongyang, which is the capital city of North Korea located about thirty miles (48 kilometres) inland from the Korean Bay of the Yellow Sea. These tests included its most powerful missile since 2017.
North Korea is under strict sanctions internationally because of its intercontinental and nuclear ballistic missile programs, however launching of peaceful satellites is not conditional to the same level of restrictions that are otherwise imposed, despite the rockets used to transport them containing similar technology.
Pyongyang has denied all offers for conversation since failed talks in 2019 between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.