Peek-a-boo. Kim Jong Un sees you!
Tuesday, days after launching its first surveillance satellite to monitor U.S. and South Korean military activities, North Korea conveyed this message to the international community, as reported by Reuters.
According to North Korean state media, Kim viewed photographs of the Pentagon, the White House, Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, a U.S. shipyard and airbase in Norfolk, Virginia, and Newport.
The Guardian reports that the images captured late Monday night were as follows: four U.S. nuclear aircraft carriers and one British aircraft carrier, as reported by the state-run KCNA news agency.
These images were the most recent in a series of photographs from “major target regions,” as reported by Reuters and KCNA.
A number of individuals ridiculed the release.
North Korea satellite takes picture of the White House and Rome because google maps isn’t available there 🤣 🤣 🤣 pic.twitter.com/xDAjW2xgtX
— Luffy D. Fella ❁ (@LuffyDFella) November 28, 2023
Remember when you got that toy you always wanted at Xmas and were so excited you wanted to tell everyone about it? https://t.co/DX4PoXPIZw
— Chad O'Carroll (@chadocl) November 27, 2023
“Remember when you got that toy you always wanted at Xmas and were so excited you wanted to tell everyone about it?” Chad O’Carroll, founder of the North Korea-focused website NK News, said in a post on X.
Unreleased images have not been disclosed.
According to Dave Schmerler, an authority on satellite imagery at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the mere possession of such images does not necessarily indicate their value.
“How useful those images are depends on what they want to use them for,” he said.
“It’s a big leap for them going from zero to something, but until we can see the images they’re collecting, we’re speculating on its use cases,” he said.
The satellite engaged the United Nations in combat.
According to the Guardian, U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield stated, “The DPRK has made its motivations clear,” using the official acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“The DPRK is unabashedly trying to advance its nuclear weapons delivery systems by testing ballistic missile technology in clear violation of this council’s resolutions. This reckless unlawful behavior threatens all of the DPRK’s neighbors and all member states.”
North Korean Ambassador Kim Song defended his nation, according to Reuters.
“One belligerent party, the United States, is threatening us with a nuclear weapon,” Kim told the council.
“It is legitimate right for the DPRK — as another belligerent party — to develop, test, manufacture and possess weapons systems equivalent to those that the United States already possess and, or (are) developing right now,” he said.