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Increased Activity Sighted at N. Korea's Missile Launch Site: DigitalGlobe

Updated: 2012-11-27 00:00:00 KST
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DigitalGlobe, a U.S. satellite imagery provider says there's been increased activity at North Korea's missile launch facility near the West Sea.
A photo taken on November 23rd at the site in North Pyongan Province shows what DigitalGlobe describes as activities that are similar to those seen in the weeks leading up to the North's previously failed rocket launch in April.
The Colorado-based company then said the next launch could take place some time in the next three weeks, given that they've detected a new tent, trucks, people and numerous portable fuel tanks.
Reports surfaced last week that the U.S. had notified South Korea and Japan that preparations were likely underway in North Korea for a long-range ballistic missile launch.
Citing an official in the South Korean military, Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency says based on the information at hand, Pyongyang is likely to launch another missile some time between December and January.
In contrast, the U.S. government, had said earlier that it had no new information about any missile activity.


[Interview : Victoria Nuland, Spokesperson
U.S. Department of State] "We don't have anything new at the moment. We've seen the same rumblings and press reportings that you've seen."

Instead, the State Department spokesperson urged the leadership in Pyongyang to refrain from further launches.


[Interview : Victoria Nuland, Spokesperson
U.S. Department of State] "There was a presidential statement from the UN Security Council which demanded that the DPRK not proceed with any further launches using ballistic missile technology."

Pyongyang has repeatedly vowed to continue what it calls a scientific satellite launch, saying it's within its sovereign rights.
China, one of the North's few remaining benefactors, is reportedly not in favor of a launch.
An unnamed official has said although every nation has a right to use space in a peaceful manner, such a right should be exercised according to international regulations.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.


Reporter : yschoi@arirang.co.kr

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