North Korea has notified Japan it plans to launch a satellite in the coming days

North Korea has informed Japan of its plan to launch a satellite soon, possibly deploying its first military reconnaissance satellite.

Driving the news: Japan’s coast guard received a notice from North Korea announcing a satellite launch window between May 31 and June 11, potentially affecting areas in the Yellow Sea, East China Sea, and east of the Philippines’ Luzon Island.
* Japan issued a safety warning to ships near the area due to possible falling debris risks.
* North Korea’s satellite launch technology is banned by U.N. Security Council resolutions, as it uses long-range missile technology.

International response: Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno called the launch a “threat to the peace and safety of Japan, the region and the international community” and a violation of U.N. resolutions.
* Japan’s Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada ordered the Japanese Self Defense Force to shoot down the satellite or any debris that enters Japanese territory.

Context: North Korea’s satellite launch plans come amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula and recent missile-tests by the country.
* North Korea has launched more than 100 missiles since the start of 2022, some capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, South Korea, and Japan.

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