Expert: North Korea has built large-scale military facility near Yongbyon

Some parts of the location were built to simulate a part of Seoul, South Korea’s capital

By Elizabeth Shim

North Korea has built a large-scale military training facility since Kim Jong Un came to power, and some parts of the location were built to simulate a part of Seoul, South Korea’s capital.

North Korea has built a large-scale military training facility, the most expansive to be built since Kim Jong Un fully assumed power in 2012, according to satellite imagery analysis. Photo by Yonhap

North Korea has built a large-scale military training facility, the most expansive to be built since Kim Jong Un fully assumed power in 2012, according to satellite imagery analysis. Photo by Yonhap

Using Google Earth satellite imagery from November, Curtis Melvin of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University told Radio Free Asia the facility was spotted in North Pyongan Province, near the North’s Yongbyon nuclear complex.

The facility is the largest to be built since Kim Jong Un fully assumed power in 2012 and is estimated to have been built “very quickly” in just one month, between September and October 2014, Melvin said.

The training grounds are divided into three training zones, and satellite images analyzed by Melvin indicated fighter jets, tanks, trucks and equipment for an obstacle course were on site, Yonhap reported.

One site included a 400-meter-long target practice facility and dozens of moving tanks. Read more

 



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