Explainer-Why North Korea’s satellite launches are so controversial

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By Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea appears preparing to launch a reconnaissance satellite, a move that may prove as controversial as the nuclear-armed country’s weapons tests because they use the same banned ballistic missile technology, experts say. North Korea conducted a record number of missile launches in January, and has suggested it could resume testing of nuclear weapons or its longest-range intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) for the first time since 2017. After a test of satellite-related systems during a missile launch on Sunday – the second such test in a week – so…

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