Defiant North Korea tells UN its spy satellite program is its ‘legitimate right as a sovereign state’

Aug 26, 2023, 12:00 PM

North Korea's UN ambassador Kim Song attends a UN Security Council meeting on Friday, August 25. Ph...

North Korea's UN ambassador Kim Song attends a UN Security Council meeting on Friday, August 25. Photo credit: UNTV/Reuters

(CNN) — In a defiant speech to the UN Security Council, North Korea insisted its efforts to launch a spy satellite into space are transparent and within “its legitimate right as a sovereign state.”

Pyongyang’s ambassador to the UN Kim Song defended his country during a rare address to the UN on Friday, denying that the country had been seeking to acquire intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) technology through its satellite launch.

It had never “recognized UNSC resolutions infringing on the rights of a sovereign state,” Kim said.

Pyongyang’s second attempt to launch a spy satellite into orbit took place on Thursday, and failed due to a malfunction in the third-stage of the rocket.

Its first attempt failed in May when the Chollima-1 satellite vehicle rocket crashed into the sea soon after liftoff.

The rocket broke into multiple parts before falling into the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean and prompted neighboring Japan to issue an emergency evacuation call for residents of the southern Okinawa region.

The US National Security Council had condemned the launch as a “brazen violation” of multiple UN Security Council resolutions, saying it “involved technologies directly related to the DPRK intercontinental ballistic missile program.”

South Korea’s military said the latest satellite’s design was too rudimentary to function properly as a spying device, even if it had been launched successfully.

North Korea will try another launch in October, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

Ahead of Kim Song’s UN address, US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield urged members to “return to an era when we used our collective voice to curb nuclear proliferation.”

“We must unequivocally denounce the DPRK’s unlawful behavior… and must call on the DPRK to fully and faithfully implement all relevant Security Council resolutions,” she said.

“And we must address the DPRK’s global revenue-generating activities, which fund its unlawful weapons program.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

World news

A map shows the location of Turks and Caicos....

Mariah Maynes

Five Americans facing prison time in Turks and Caicos

Five American tourists are facing prison time in Turks and Caicos after traveling to the island with ammunition.

8 hours ago

one of chad daybell and tammy daybell's children, daughter Emma Murray takes the stand...

Collin Leonard,

Chad Daybell daughter says her mother’s health was declining before she died

Chad Daybell's daughter Emma Murrary took the stand as the defense in the Chad Daybell murder trial began presenting its case Monday.

1 day ago

President Joe Biden, left, and former President Donald Trump (right) have each accepted an invitati...

Mariah Maynes

President Biden and former President Trump accept CNN debate invitation

President Biden and Former President Donald Trump have agreed to a debate that will be hosted by CNN in June.

6 days ago

Baby names in US...

Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN

The latest list of top US baby names has a few surprises

The list of the most popular US baby names was released. See what name knocked Benjamin out of the top 10.

7 days ago

Thirteen-year-old Ayham Musalm, center, is receiving treatment for a fractured leg and glass shrapn...

Aditi Sangal, CNN

Injured youth from Gaza find care in the US, face uncertain future

At least 1,000 children in Gaza have had one or both legs amputated, UNICEF reported in December. That number has since grown.

8 days ago

Afghan relatives offer prayers during a burial ceremony near the graves of victims who lost their l...

Niamh Kennedy and Radina Gigova, CNN

At least 300 people killed by flash floods in Afghanistan

At least 300 people have died in flash flooding that has ravaged northern Afghanistan in recent days, the Word Food Programme said Sunday.

8 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

Defiant North Korea tells UN its spy satellite program is its ‘legitimate right as a sovereign state’