July 5 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The South Korean Army has reported this Wednesday that the analyzes of the remains of the North Korean satellite launched at the end of May and which fell into the Yellow Sea due to a technical failure conclude that the device “has no military utility”.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff has indicated that South Korean and American experts have carried out a detailed investigation of the remains, which they have ended after 36 days, reports the Yonhap news agency.
In mid-June, Seoul announced that it had recovered the remains of the satellite, in rescue efforts marked by a series of complications, including inclement weather, which forced work to be halted due to rapid currents and lack of underwater visibility.
The South Korean Armed Forces identified the wreckage after falling overboard in the Yellow Sea, saying it fell to the bottom of the sea at a depth of 75 meters, “largely due to its weight.” Concerns were also raised that an explosion could occur if it contained combustible elements.
North Korea launched a rocket carrying military reconnaissance satellites during the last week of May that failed, falling into the Yellow Sea, but which activated evacuation alerts for a few minutes in the South Korean capital, Seoul, and Okinawa prefecture, the northernmost island of the Japanese archipelago.
This launch provoked the condemnation of both the United Nations, NATO or the United States, South Korea and Japan, which denounced such acts and requested the resumption of dialogue to achieve sustainable peace and the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.