North Korea has asserted that its military spy satellite, Malligyong-1, captured images of the White House, the Pentagon, and nuclear aircraft carriers at a US naval base. According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), leader Kim Jong-un received a report on these operations, viewing satellite photos taken at 11:36 p.m. on Monday night.
The images also included Naval Station Norfolk, Newport News Shipyard, and a Virginia airfield. Four US Navy nuclear aircraft carriers and a British aircraft carrier were reportedly identified in the photos. North Korea launched Malligyong-1 on November 21, following two previous unsuccessful attempts. The country has declared its intention to launch additional satellites in the near future.
While North Korea claims the satellite has photographed major military facilities in South Korea and US territories, no related images have been released. The satellite is said to be in a fine-tuning process, ahead of schedule, with its official mission slated to begin on Friday. South Korea’s military is closely monitoring the satellite’s functionality, as it appears to have entered orbit.