SEOUL: North Korea said Tuesday the country’s military spy satellite has taken photos of the White House, the Pentagon and nuclear aircraft carriers docked at a United States (US) naval base.
Leader Kim Jong Un viewed the photos as he received an operations report from the Pyongyang General Control Centre of the National Aerospace Technology Administration on Monday morning and at dawn Tuesday.
He observed satellite photos of the White House and the Pentagon taken at 11.36 pm Monday, Yonhap news agency reported according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The spy satellite also took photos of Naval Station Norfolk, Newport News Shipyard and a Virginia airfield at 11:35 pm Monday.
Four US Navy nuclear aircraft carriers and a British aircraft carrier were spotted in the photos.
North Korea launched the Malligyong-1 spy satellite on a new type of Chollima-1 rocket last Tuesday night after two failed attempts in May and August, respectively. The country vowed to launch several more satellites within a short span of time.
Since its successful launch, North Korea has claimed the satellite took photos of major military facilities in South Korea and the US territories of Guam and Hawaii. However, the North has not released related satellite photos.
North Korea said Monday that a “fine-tuning” process on the satellite is underway and is one or two days ahead of schedule. The country earlier said the Malligyong-1 will begin its official mission Friday.
South Korea’s military said it is closely monitoring whether the satellite is normally functioning, though it appears to have entered an orbit.–Bernama-Yonhap