Is North Korea about to launch another missile? Kim Jong Un's submarine crashes in fear of a nuclear missile being developed that can be launched from underwater in the United States
- A US think tank said the satellite images were "suggestive but inconclusive".
- The pictures show several ships in a safe boat basin off North Korea
- The think tank says one of the ships resembles another that was used to tow a diving test bed at sea
- The South Korean military said the Pukguksong-3 missile tested last October had flown 280 miles and would have had a range of about 800 miles on the standard trajectory
- At a press conference on Friday, Trump hailed his relationship with Pyongyang, saying that when he was elected, people thought the two sides would slip into the war
Satellite imagery from a North Korean shipyard on Friday shows activity suggesting preparations for a test of a submarine-fired medium-range ballistic missile, a US think tank reported on Friday.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies said the images it posted on its website of the North Korean Sinpo Shipyard showed several ships in a secure boating pool, one of which resembled ships previously used to tow a diving test bed at sea.
The activity was said to be "obvious but inconclusive in preparing for an upcoming test of a Pukguksong 3 submarine that launched a ballistic missile from the diving test bed".
North Korea said last October it successfully fired a Pukguksong-3, a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), from the sea to contain external threats and strengthen self-defense.
A flyer photo shows an overview of the Sinpo South Shipyard in Sinpo, North Korea, taken yesterday
A flyer photo shows a close-up of a ROMEO-class (SS) submarine anchored in the southern portion of the bay of Mayang-do Submarine Base in Mayang-do, North Korea, and exhibited yesterday
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends an expanded session of the ruling Labor Party's Politburo in Pyongyang, North Korea, at the end of August
This launch has been viewed by analysts as the most provocative North Korea has seen since dialogue with the United States over its nuclear weapons and missile programs in 2018.
North Korea has suspended long-range missile and nuclear tests since 2017, but US President Donald Trump's efforts to convince it to abandon its nuclear and missile programs have achieved little.
Trump is seeking re-election in November and a North Korean missile test to highlight the lack of progress despite Trump's unprecedented meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
There was no direct response from the State Department or the Pentagon to the CSIS report.
At a press conference earlier on Friday, Trump hailed his relationship with North Korea, saying that when he was elected, people had predicted he would be at war with the country within a week.
“In the meantime we got along with them. We didn't go to war, ”he said.
A flyer photo shows two ROMEO-class (SS) submarines anchored yesterday in the bay of the Mayang-do submarine base in Mayang-do, North Korea
A flyer photo yesterday shows an overview of the rail-mounted service stand and the strong arm of the test stand at Sinpo South Shipyard in Sinpo, North Korea
Trump has held up North Korea's lack of ICBM and nuclear tests since 2017 as a success of his diplomacy and has attempted to downplay numerous tests with lower range during that period.
& # 39; North Korea tested a PKS-3 SLBM back in October. And it didn't cross Trump's redline back then and is unlikely this time around. Trump doesn't care, ”wrote Vipin Narang, a non-proliferation expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on Twitter.
The South Korean military said the Pukguksong-3 tested last year flown 280 miles, reached an altitude of 565 miles, and had a range of about 800 miles on a standard trajectory.
The news of the activity in Sinpo comes amid signs that North Korea may be preparing for a major military parade in October, which some analysts believe could be used to show off new missiles as the country has done in such events in the past Has
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