Is North Korea Ready to Launch?

North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station

North Korea appears to be ramping up preparations for its internationally-condemned mid-April rocket launch, new satellite images have revealed.

The images, released by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, show a mobile radar trailer — which engineers use to gather real-time information about the rocket’s engines and guidance systems — and rows of seemingly empty fuel and oxidiser tanks.

The institute’s North Korean analysts 38 North have scrutinized satellite imagery taken last week of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in the North Pyongan province. They appear to show that North Korea has “undertaken more extensive preparations than previously understood.”

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