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Spy Satellite Launches Spur N. Korean Protest

Japan rocketed two spy satellites into space, allowing it to monitor North Korea’s missile and suspected nuclear weapons programs. North Korea has called the launch a “hostile act.”

Japanese officials say the satellites are not intended as a provocation and will be used for other missions, such as monitoring natural disasters. They acknowledge that the program was prompted by North Korea’s 1998 missile test over Japan.


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