Images suggest North Korea ‘planning rocket launch’


March 09, 2019


Pictures show a facility where the state has previously built intercontinental ballistic missiles and satellite-launching rockets.

Kim Jong Un insisted at the nuclear summit with Donald Trump earlier this month that he remains prepared to denuclearise


North Korea may be preparing to launch a missile or rocket, satellite images of a facility near the capital Pyongyang suggest.

The pictures are of a site known as Sanumdong – a facility where North Korea has assembled some of its intercontinental ballistic missiles and satellite-launching rockets, US broadcaster NPR reports.

Taken on 22 February, the images by Colorado-based company DigitalGlobe appear to show cranes, rail cars and vehicles.

“When you put all that together, that’s really what it looks like when the North Koreans are in the process of building a rocket,” Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Project at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, told NPR.

He said it was impossible to know if North Korea was preparing a military missile or a space rocket.

It comes after reports earlier this week that North Korea was rebuilding facilities at a long-range rocket launch site that was recently dismantled as part of peace talks with the US.

Roofs, walls and doors have been put up again at the Tongchang-ri complex, also known as the Sohae satellite launching station.

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