North Korea rocket facility in preparation mode suggests satellite images

Launch preparation activities seen in new Satellite images at North Korean rocket assembly facility in Sanumdog, suburb of capital Pyongyang, the place from where some intercontinental ballistic missiles were assembled earlier.

According to experts the images taken on February 22 by imaging company DigitalGlboe suggests activity of a satellite launch.

US think tank 38 North says the Sohae Satellite Launch Facility is now back to normal operational status following restoration work in recent weeks. The facility was earlier disassembled after a pldege by North Korean leader Kim Jong un.

Director of East Asia Nonproliferation Project at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Jeffrey Lewis, said a lot of vehicle activity is being lately seen at the Sanumdong as well as at the rail transfer point and it is evident satellite launch preparation is under process.

North Korea expert with the One Earth Future Foundation, Melissa Hanham, said the facility produces both ICBMs and space rockets and so it is not known what is on the train and how far the train has gotten.

As there has been never an ICBM launch earlier from Sohae so it is believed a satellite launch could take place, adds Hanham.

She continues, “There’s never been a surprise launch from Sohae.”

In 2017 North Korea successfully test-fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles. Late last year Hwasong-15 was launched and it is learned could it much of the United States.

Paul Linus