North Korea Claims Its Spy-Satellite Launch Succeeded After Prior Fails

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Updated Nov. 21, 2023 7:22 pm ET

SEOUL—North Korea said it had successfully placed its homegrown spy satellite into orbit, a much-anticipated attempt after a pair of failed tries this year and a recent assumption that the Russians would help fix matters.

Military-reconnaissance technology stands among leader Kim Jong Un’s top weapons objectives, as an essential war deterrent against the U.S. and its allies. 

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