Pionyang explained that the second stage of the device did not work properly during launch.
North Korea announced Wednesday that the launch of its spy satellite ended in failure after its second stage failed and the spacecraft sank at sea.
The new launch rocket for the Chollima-1 satellite failed due to instability in the engine and fuel system, the state news agency KCNA reported.
“The Chollima-1 model was flying normally, but after separating from the first stage, the engine start in the second stage was abnormal, it lost propulsion and fell into the sea,” North Korea’s National Space Development Agency said. “We will investigate and clarify serious flaws in detail, urgently come up with scientific and technological measures to overcome them, and carry out the second launch as soon as possible after several partial tests,” it added.
For its part, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed that the North’s device fell about 200 kilometers west of the Eocheong Islands in the Yellow Sea. “We are conducting additional analysis in cooperation with the United States,” he reported.
Previously, the Southern Army had announced that Pyongyang launched a space launch vehicle. Subsequently, authorities in South Korea and Japan issued evacuation alerts.
More information, shortly.