Recent Satellite Images Show Movement at N. Korea's Musudan-ri Rocket Launch Site
New satellite images indicate that North Korea is doing more work at its old rocket launch site.
The commercial satellite images were published by 38 North, a website affiliated with the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and show the Musudan-ri launch site off North Korea's east coast.
Based on the images, taken last month, there is new construction at the facility that could be part of the preparations for a liquid-fueled rocket, which could indicate that the North may be planning another launch of its Unha-3 rocket.
Meanwhile, South Korea's Defense Ministry says it is keeping a close watch on the movement near the site, although it refused to elaborate on the details.
"The military is keeping a daily watch on all of North Korea's long-range missile launch sites, plus other mobile missile launch pads. So we are keeping a close watch on the North to determine whether it will fire additional missiles."
Meanwhile, nuclear scientists from Iran were reportedly present during North Korea's third nuclear test.
Japan's Kyodo news agency reported Friday, quoting a Western diplomatic source, that Iran not only sent engineers, but also paid North Korea tens of millions of dollars in Chinese yuan to observe the latest nuclear test.
Last April, North Korea and Iran signed an agreement for a science and technology exchange, and analysts see this as a step toward collaboration between the two countries on nuclear weapons technology.
"The South Korean Defense Ministry has not completely ruled out the possibility that the North will launch another nuclear test, since it believes Pyongyang has been preparing for that in various ways. The ministry spokesperson added that the military continues to be on high alert.
Kim Han-ul, Arirang News."
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