Satellite images suggest N. Korea missile launch preparations

(From NHK)

US researchers say new satellite imagery of a North Korean launch site supports the country’s announced launch window this month. The launch is widely seen as a test for a ballistic missile.

The report, released on Wednesday, by a group at Johns Hopkins University includes commercial satellite images from Monday of the site in Tongchang-ri, in the country’s northwest.

The researchers say there are nine vehicles present, two of which are likely to be buses, near the facility where rocket parts are being assembled. They say an image taken on January 25th shows just a single vehicle.

They say the change in the level of activity is similar to what occurred before a previous launch in 2012.

North Korea has notified international organizations that it will launch an “earth observation satellite” between February 8th and 25th. Read more

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