Tue Mar 5, 2019, 09:49 PM

North Korea Rebuilding Long-Range Rocket Site, Photos Show

Photos taken just 2 days after the Trump-Kim Hanoi summit show rebuilding at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, North Korea's operational space launch facility.

March 2 photo of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, North Korea's only operational space launch facility, shows rapid rebuilding, say researchers from Beyond Parallel.CSIS / Beyond Parallel

March 5, 2019, 6:26 PM EST / Updated March 5, 2019, 6:42 PM EST
By Courtney Kube, Carol E. Lee and Andrea Mitchell

WASHINGTON — North Korea is pursuing the "rapid rebuilding" of the long-range rocket site at Sohae Launch Facility, according to new commercial imagery and an analysis from the researchers at Beyond Parallel.

Sohae Satellite Launching Station, North Korea's only operational space launch facility, has been used in the past for satellite launches. These launches use similar technology to what is used for intercontinental ballistic missiles.

"This renewed activity, taken just two days after the inconclusive Hanoi Summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, may indicate North Korean plans to demonstrate resolve in the face of U.S. rejection of North Korea's demands at the summit to lift five U.N. Security Council sanctions enacted in 2016-2017," the analysts said. As NBC News reported, Beyond Parallel, a project sponsored by the defense think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies, recently identified 20 undisclosed missile sites in North Korea.


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Tue Mar 5, 2019, 10:35 PM

1. I ain't surprised - both the USA and Russia pulled out of their nuke agreements


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Wed Mar 6, 2019, 12:18 AM

2. It would be nice if when North Korea tried to launch their next missile ...

it would blow up on the launch pad.

This has happened before and some suggest we may have some responsibility.

Hand of U.S. Leaves North Korea’s Missile Program Shaken
By David E. Sanger and William J. Broad
April 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — When a North Korean missile test went awry on Sunday, blowing up seconds after liftoff, there were immediate suspicions that a United States program to sabotage the test flights had struck again. The odds seem highly likely: Eighty-eight percent of the launches of the North’s most threatening missiles have self-destructed since the covert American program was accelerated three years ago.

But even inside the United States Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, where the operation is centered, it is nearly impossible to tell if any individual launch is the victim of a new, innovative approach to foil North Korean missiles with cyber and electronic strikes.

Bad welding, bad parts, bad engineering and bad luck can all play a role in such failures — as it did in the United States’ own missile program, particularly in its early days. And it would require a near impossible degree of forensic investigation to figure out an exact cause, given that the failed North Korean missiles tend to explode, disintegrate in midair and plunge in fragments into faraway seas.

But this much is clear, experts say: The existence of the American program, and whatever it has contributed to North Korea’s remarkable string of troubles, appears to have shaken Pyongyang and led to an internal spyhunt as well as innovative ways to defeat a wide array of enemy cyberstrikes.

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