Satellite image shows activity at North Korea launch site
November 26th, 2012
07:59 PM ET

Satellite image shows activity at North Korea launch site

By Adam Levine

A new satellite image shows increased activity at a North Korean launch site, suggesting a new launch could be possible in the next few weeks, according to the satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe.

The United States has seen activity on the launch pad but does not believe a launch is imminent, U.S. military sources tell CNN's Barbara Starr.

The image at North Korea's Sohae satellite launch station was taken on November 23 and shows similar preparations as was witnessed ahead of the failed April 13 attempt to launch a satellite on top of a long-range missile, the DigitalGlobe analysis concludes.

"Given the observed level of activity noted of a new tent, trucks, people and numerous portable fuel/oxidizer tanks, should North Korea desire - it could possibly conduct its fifth satellite launch event during the next three weeks," according to the analysis provided to CNN.

No rocket is visible on the launch pad.

The United States has yet to see a missile on the launch pad, said one of the sources, speaking on the condition no name was used because the source was not authorized to speak to the media about U.S. intelligence on North Korea.

The source added that if there was a launch, it would likely be a long-range missile like the Taepodong-2 because the Sohae site is a long-range missile launch pad.


Filed under: Asia • North Korea • Satellite imagery
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. DaveS

    Please hire an editor.

    "...shows similar preparations as was witnessed ahead of the failed April 13 attempt to launch..."

    as WERE witnessed. Refers to "preparations" which is plural. This is a 6th-grade error.

    "The source added that if there was a launch..."

    If there WERE a launch. This is subjunctive. An 8th-grade error.

    December 1, 2012 at 10:04 am | Reply
  2. 123123

    "The United States has seen activity on the launch pad but does not believe a launch is imminent, U.S. military sources tell CNN's Barbara Starr."
    Well not anymore US govt.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/01/world/asia/north-korea-launch/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

    December 1, 2012 at 7:11 am | Reply
  3. North Korea

    Photoshop should see an uptick in business this quarter.

    November 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  4. Tim

    The best way to deal with attention seeking behavior is to ignore that behavior. The North Koreans are blowing another big pile of money showing off weapons that aren't combat worthy even 25 years ago. Let them waste their money. They have every right and it's none of our business.

    November 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  5. 200 TON HAMMER

    Well it seems like its a huge cover lid building over top of a research underground multiple story Bunker complex with tunnels and underground rail systems and shuttle people ie military or Dong 123456789 long range weapons too hit within a 850 Mile radius realistically

    November 27, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
  6. Hahahahahahahaha

    Their new leader, Lil Donged One, must be trying to compensate for something!!!! Hahahahahahahah

    November 27, 2012 at 9:45 am | Reply
  7. valid name

    I hope that they keep the pointy end down and the fiery end up!

    November 27, 2012 at 6:05 am | Reply
  8. billybob

    YEAH!!! Taking bets on distance!!

    November 27, 2012 at 1:31 am | Reply

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