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The U.S. State Department is warning it will use “a number of tools” to “hold North Korea accountable” if the nation proceeds with an illicit satellite launch.
Deputy State Department spokesman Vedant Patel addressed the issue regarding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Wednesday in a press conference.
“Any DPRK launch that uses ballistic missile technology would also include [space launch vehicles] SLVs used to launch a satellite into space and that would violate multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions,” Patel told reporters.
NORTH KOREA LOOKS TO THE FINAL FRONTIER AS KIM JONG UN READIES LAUNCH OF SPY SATELLITE
A TV screen shows image of North Korea’s rocket with the test satellite during a news program at the Yongsan Railway Station. Kim Yo-jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister and vice department director of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee, issued a statement on Dec. 20, criticizing those who question the secretive regime’s assertion of having made significant progress in its satellite and long-range ballistic missile development. (Photo by KIM Jae-Hwan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly completed military spy satellite this week as concerns mount that Pyongyang may prepare to launch the spacecraft using banned technology in the coming weeks.
“We had been very clear that we urge the DPRK to refrain from further threatening activity and call on Pyongyang to engage in serious and sustained diplomacy,” Patel said of the planned launch.
NORTH KOREA CLAIMS FIRST-EVER MILITARY SPY SATELLITE READY FOR LAUNCH, WHICH WOULD VIOLATE UN RESOLUTIONS
State Department deputy spokesman Vedant Patel speaks during the daily press briefing at the State Department in Washington, D.C., on May 15, 2023. (Photo by Celal Gunes/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
“We have also been very clear about our unwavering commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as well as seeking dialogue with Pyongyang without preconditions,” the spokesman continued.
Though Pyongyang has routinely defied international law when it comes to ballistic missile testing and nuclear development, it plans to take it one step further and use long-range missile technology that has been banned under U.N. Security Council resolutions.
Kim has argued that the satellite is necessary for space-based reconnaissance and in countering the U.S. and South Korea – which have ramped up joint military exercises in the face of increased aggression and illegal missile testing in North Korea.
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In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, right, and his daughter visit the country’s aerospace agency North Korea Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Kim has examined a finished military spy satellite that his country is expected to launch soon. State media said he did so Tuesday during a visit to his country’s aerospace agency where he described space-based reconnaissance as crucial for countering the U.S. and South Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
Patel alluded to a “number of tools” available to curb illicit North Korean activity, promising to crack down on the hermit kingdom if necessary.
“In terms of actions, we, of course, continue to have number of tools at our disposal to hold the DPRK accountable. You have seen us to take those steps and we will continue to do so,” Patel said Wednesday.
In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, second right, and his daughter, right, visit the country’s aerospace agency North Korea Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Kim has examined a finished military spy satellite that his country is expected to launch soon. State media said he did so Tuesday during a visit to his country’s aerospace agency where he described space-based reconnaissance as crucial for countering the U.S. and South Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
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Pyongyang’s claims of space capability remain dubious.
Some South Korean analysts have reportedly argued that the satellite revealed in images by North Korea’s state-controlled media is too small and insufficient to capture high-resolution imagery from space.
Fox News Digital’s Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.
Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and can email him at [email protected]