Images suggest looming North Korea missile test

North Korean soldiers vow to retaliate against any South Korean military action during a rally at the Phyonghwa Seaside Culture Farm in South Hwanghae Province, North Korea. Photo / AP
North Korean soldiers vow to retaliate against any South Korean military action during a rally at the Phyonghwa Seaside Culture Farm in South Hwanghae Province, North Korea. Photo / AP

North Korea could carry out a long-range missile test in the next three weeks, with new images released by satellite operator DigitalGlobe Inc suggesting increased launch site activity.

The global provider of commercial high-resolution satellite imagery said on Monday that the new pictures showed significant movement at North Korea's Sohae (West Sea) Satellite Launch Station.

"Given the observed level of activity noted of a new tent, trucks, people and numerous portable fuel/oxidizer tanks, should North Korea desire - it could possibly conduct its fifth satellite launch event during the next three weeks," it said.

DigitalGlobe said the type of activity was consistent with preparations observed before North Korea's failed launch of its Unha-3 missile in April.

Pyongyang insisted that the April launch bid was aimed at putting a satellite in orbit, but the United States and United Nations denounced the mission, arguing that it was a disguised ballistic missile test.

- AFP

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