Seoul, Sep 1 (EFE).- South Korea announced today the end of operations to try to find remains of the satellite that North Korea unsuccessfully tried to put into orbit on August 24 and that crashed into the sea without that nothing “significant” has been found, according to government sources cited by the Yonhap agency.
The South Korean military today ended operations in the waters of the Yellow Sea located west of South Korea’s western coast, the point where the first stage of the rocket carrying the satellite is believed to have fallen.
After the failed launch, the Minister of Defense informed South Korean parliamentarians that there would be an operation in that area to try to rescue fragments of the Chollima-1 rocket, on board which the satellite was.
In that same area, South Korean troops found fragments of the first attempt – also unsuccessful – carried out in May by the North Korean regime to try to put Malligyong-1, its first military reconnaissance satellite, into orbit.
Southern military authorities then concluded that, based on the remains found, the Malligyong-1 “has no military utility”, although, unlike on previous occasions, they have refused to publicly display the fragments and components found in the water.
In the last launch in August, Pyongyang assured that the failure in the operation was caused by a problem in the self-destruct system of the third phase of Chollima-1, the one that carries the satellite, and assured that it will carry out another launch in October after solving the errors. EFE