Kim's sister defends North Korea's spy satellite capabilities

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SEOUL: North Korea has developed advanced technologies to take images from space using a spy satellite, the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un insisted Tuesday, after experts mocked black-and-white images supposedly taken from space in a weekend launch.Kim Yo Jong 's defense of North Korea's satellite capabilities comes after the isolated country said it conducted an "important final-stage" test for the development of a reconnaisance satellite.But experts in Seoul quickly raised doubts, saying the quality of the photos -- presumably taken from the satellite -- were too poor.In a lengthy, vitriolic statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, Kim said it was "too inappropriate and careless" to evaluate Pyongyang's satellite development progress and capability based on the two images.She insisted a camera installed on the satellite had the "reliability of ground control including attitude control and shooting control command in a suitable space flight environment".Kim also said the satellite's data transmission devices and encryption processing technology were reliable. "We carried out a necessary test and reported the significant and satisfying result, which was not lacking," she said.The development of a military reconnaissance satellite was one of Pyongyang's key defence projects outlined by her elder brother leader Kim Jong Un last year.North Korea is under biting international sanctions for its nuclear weapons programmes, but peaceful satellite launches are not subject to the same level of restrictions.Analysts however say developing such a satellite would provide North Korea with cover for testing banned intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), as they share much of the same technology.Earlier this year, Pyongyang carried out two launches, claiming it was testing components for a reconnaissance satellite, which the United States and South Korea said likely involved components of its new Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBMs).The younger Kim rebuked these claims that the North's satellite launches were thinly disguised firings of banned ICBMs. "If we develop ICBMs, we will fire ICBMs, and not test long-range rockets disguised as satellites," she said.Kim also dismissed analysts doubting that the North has the advanced technology needed for the rocket to survive re-entry into the Earth 's atmosphere, saying she would explain it in "an easy-to-understand manner" to their naysayers. "If the atmospheric re-entry technology was insufficient, it would not be possible to receive remote data from the pilot combat unit until the moment of impact," she said.The weekend's launch comes after a year of unprecedented blitz of weapons tests by North Korea, including the launch of its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile the month before.The United States and South Korea have warned for months that Pyongyang is preparing to conduct its seventh nuclear test.
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Para Shooting World Championships: Second gold for India; Singhraj Adhana secures 2024 Paris Paralympics quota

AL AIN (UAE): Double Paralympic medallist Singhraj Adhana secured a quota for India at the 2024 Paris Paralympics after signing off at the fourth place in the P1 - men's 10m Air Pistol SH1 event at the Para Shooting World Championships on Wednesday.The 40-year-old Indian, who won a silver and a bronze at Tokyo Paralympics last year, was in title contention as he led for a major part of the event until a score of seven spoiled his medal chances.While he finished fourth, Korea's Jo Jengdu clinched the gold with a score of 235.7 followed by Poland's Sowinski Szymon (233.1) and Ibragimov Server (213.3).Singhraj was part of the Indian shooting team -- also comprising Manish Narwal and Nihal Singh -- which claimed its second gold medal in the ongoing Championships in the team event of the P1- Men's 10m Air Pistol SH1.The Indian team aggregated a total score of 1704-34x, riding on Paralympic champion Narwal's 575-17x score that put him in second place in the rankings for the finals.The Indian team was followed by Korea (1697-39x) and Turkey (1674-32x).India coach JP Nautiyal said: "The team has done very well, scoring 1704 in Air Pistol is great. I am very happy that we started with a quota from Singhraj at the Worlds. "Earlier, Indian pistol shooters, led by Rahul Jakhar, won the team gold in P3- Mixed 25m Pistol SH1. Jakhar had clinched a bronze in the individual event, his first medal at the Worlds.On Thursday, India's Paralympic star Avani Lekhara will be in action in the R2 - Women's 10m Air Rifle SH1 event.

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