Commercial satellite imagery from March 14 of North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station, Pyongyang’s main space launch facility, shows little general activity and no signs of a recent or forthcoming engine test or preparations for a satellite launch.
The analysis, posted on North Korea specialist website 38 North on Tuesday, suggests that Pyongyang is sticking with a promise not to conduct nuclear or missile tests in the lead up to a planned summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump in May.
“At the vertical engine test stand, the rail-mounted environmental shelter remains in the same position it has been since December 2017. At the launch pad, construction of a new building immediately to the south continues at a very slow pace, although its purpose is still unknown,” North Korea analyst Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. wrote in his piece for the Johns Hopkins University website.
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Analysts have described previous satellite launches by North Korea as disguised missile tests.
This first appeared in AsiaTimes here.