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U.S. Space Force sets up South Korean HQ to monitor N Korean missiles

South Korean air force establishes Space Squadron for similar purposes

An ICBM is launched in an undated photo released by North Korea in mid-November that could not be independently verified. (KCNA via Reuters)

SEOUL -- The American and South Korean militaries are setting up space-monitoring organizations in South Korea, aiming to keep an eye on North Korea's nuclear and missile activity as its capabilities continue to improve.

The U.S. Space Force launches a regional command this month in South Korea, whose own air force consolidated space-related units into a Space Operations Squadron on Thursday. They are expected to use satellites to strengthen reconnaissance.

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