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News Alert: North Korea Nears Completion of Larger Rocket Launch Pad

News Alert: North Korea Nears Completion of Larger Rocket Launch Pad

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is nearing completion of modifications to the gantry at the launch pad of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri). A new eleventh level has been added—one more than previously estimated—allowing the facility to handle [...]

Significant Developments at North Korea’s Sohae Test Facility

Significant Developments at North Korea’s Sohae Test Facility

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea may be preparing the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (“Tongchang-ri”) for a more robust rocket test program in the future involving larger space launch vehicles and road-mobile ballistic missiles able to attack targets [...]

Construction at Tonghae Resumes: No Tests Likely in 2013

Construction at Tonghae Resumes: No Tests Likely in 2013

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that construction of new facilities at the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground in North Korea has resumed after a hiatus of nearly a year. Those facilities—a  launch pad, missile assembly building and launch control center—appear to be [...]

Major Construction Progresses at Sohae: Possible Prep for Mobile Missile Systems

Major Construction Progresses at Sohae: Possible Prep for Mobile Missile Systems

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen Summary New commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is moving ahead with major construction projects at its Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri). While it is too soon to reach a definitive judgment, evidence is growing that these activities are intended to support [...]

Probable Rocket Engine Test Conducted at Sohae

Probable Rocket Engine Test Conducted at Sohae

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary New commercial satellite imagery indicates North Korea probably tested a long-range rocket engine between August 25and 30, 2013 at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. This conclusion is based on analysis of imagery from before and after the probable test and a combination of [...]

Major Construction at the Sohae Rocket Test Site

Major Construction at the Sohae Rocket Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary New commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea has embarked on a major construction program at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (commonly referred to at “Tongchang-ri”), mounting six important new projects at the site since mid-2013. This activity, along with [...]

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