North Korea has successfully launched a surveillance satellite into orbit, according to its state media, although this has not been independently confirmed. This is the third attempt this year, with previous attempts in May and August failing. The US has condemned the launch, calling it a violation of UN Security Council resolutions. The satellite’s capabilities are unknown, but it is speculated that it could provide North Korea with high-resolution images of US and South Korean military installations. South Korea also plans to launch its own surveillance satellite on November 30.