The Sohae Satellite Launching Station launch pad features what researchers of Beyond Parallel, a CSIS project, describe as showing the partially rebuilt rail-mounted rocket transfer structure in a commercial satellite image taken over Tongchang-ri, North Korea on March 2, 2019 and released March 5, .
(photo credit: CSIS/BEYOND PARALLEL/DIGITALGLOBE 2019 VIA REUTER)
North Korea is quickly rebuilding a previously inactive nuclear missile launch site as seen in commercial satellite imagery, according to an ABC News report on Tuesday.
The images clearly show a flurry of activity at the Sohae (Tongchang-ri) launch facility in northwest North Korea, which is their central site for long-range satellite launches.
The imagery was publicized by a Washington think tank only days after United States President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27.
According to US experts, the civilian satellite launches cannot be ignored since their technology is so similar to that of military intercontinental ballistic missiles for which the civilian launches serve as a testing ground, according to the ABC News report.
The satellite images, obtained by the Center for Strategic and International Studies's (CSIS) Beyond Parallel were taken on March 2, 2019, two days after the end of the Trump-Kim summit.
The summit failed to produce a denuclearlization agreement between the two countries.
The launch has not been used since last summer when North Korea seemingly took steps to dismantle a launch site according to a promise they made to President Trump at the Singapore summit.
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