North Korea “dismantling” the Sohae satellite launch site: what to make of the reports
Overinterpreting Pyongyang's actions and intentions remains perilous
Satellite imagery published on Monday by Joe Bermudez at 38 North provides a first look at ongoing site dismantlement activity at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. This site, also known as Tongchang-ri, is where all North Korean space launches in the Kim Jong Un era, beginning with the April 2012 launch of the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite on the Unha-3 launch vehicle, took place.
The dismantlement activity that Bermudez describes only partially has to do with North Korea’s space launch program; one of the dismantled sites appears to be the static liquid propellant engine vertical test stand that U.S
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