May 20, 2024

New work underway at DPRK space launch site but Seoul says liftoff not imminent

Satellite imagery shows construction on installation next to launchpad at Sohae Satellite Launching Center

North Korea has started new construction at the country’s main space launch complex in recent days, according to NK News analysis of satellite imagery, as South Korean military authorities said the country’s next military satellite launch doesn’t appear imminent.

ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) spokesperson Lee Sung-jun told reporters at a briefing Monday that the “preparations for additional reconnaissance satellite launches by the North Korean military have been continuously detected, but there are no signs of an imminent [launch].“

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