North Korea says satellite launch suffered malfunction

  • World
  • Wednesday, 31 May 2023

FILE PHOTO: A North Korean flag flutters at the propaganda village of Gijungdong in North Korea, in this picture taken near the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, South Korea, July 19, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Pool

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) -A satellite launch conducted by North Korea on Wednesday ended in failure after the rocket's second stage malfunctioned, sending the craft plunging into the sea, North Korean state media said.

The new "Chollima-1" satellite launch rocket failed due to instability in the engine and fuel system, state news agency KCNA reported.

The launch was the nuclear-armed state's sixth satellite launch attempt, and the first since 2016. It was supposed to launch North Korea's first spy satellite into orbit.

(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin, Ju-min Park and Josh Smith in Seoul, and Chang-Ran Kim in Tokyo; Additional reporting by David Brunnstrom in Washington; Editing by Chris Reese, Sonali Paul and Christian Schmollinger)

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