Is North Korea About To Launch A New Ballistic Missile Test?

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North Korea is certainly not interested in a nuclear deal with the United States, fresh satellite images confirm.

North Korea 'completes' upgrade of missile launch site

Despite Western sanctions, it looks like Kim Jong-Un is determined to launch a new ballistic missile test.

New satellite images suggest North Korea has completed the latest upgrade to its main rocket testing station, Sohae Satellite Launching Station, in the country's west.

The photos were released by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies on 38 North, a blog about North Korea maintained by the group. Analysts say the Hermit Kingdom appears to have finished building a movable support structure about 24 meters long, 30 meters wide and about 33 meters tall.

In addition, a launch support building at the end of the pad has also been completed.

"This stacking approach enables the North Koreans to accommodate SLVs taller than the UNHA-3 SLV used in the launches, an important objective of Pyongyang’s construction program at the Sohae launch pad," the website states.

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However, the institute said there was no sign of actual launch preparations.

“Despite the fact that the facility is ready after completing a construction program begun in 2013, we still see no sign of preparations at the Sohae facility for an October event,” said Joel Wit, a former state department official and editor of the institute’s website, 38 North.

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