Imagery reveals near-constant activity at North Korean coal terminal in October
Planet imagery taken almost every day shows regular traffic despite sanctions
Satellite imagery from Planet Labs collected at nearly-daily intervals in October shows continued activity at North Korea’s coal loading pier in Nampho on the country’s western coast.
With cloudy weather conditions often obscuring satellite photographs of the Korean peninsula over the summer months, more recent images show vessels at the coal terminal every day.
The Nampho terminal is one of the North’s primary loading areas for coal, which before the current sanctions regime would usually be designated for legitimate export to neighboring China.
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