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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on November 28th, 2012 at 8:04 am

Imagery Shows North Korea Could Be Preparing For Another Rocket Launch

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Via a reader tip comes news that the North Koreans may be planning another rocket launch soon:

A new satellite image shows increased activity at a North Korean launch site, suggesting a new launch could be possible in the next few weeks, according to the satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe.

The United States has seen activity on the launch pad but does not believe a launch is imminent, U.S. military sources tell CNN’s Barbara Starr.

The image at North Korea’s Sohae satellite launch station was taken on November 23 and shows similar preparations as was witnessed ahead of the failed April 13 attempt to launch a satellite on top of a long-range missile, the DigitalGlobe analysis concludes.

“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,” according to the analysis provided to CNN.  [CNN]

I predicted that after the US and Korean election cycles that the North Koreans would cause some kind crisis and a rocket launch would come straight from their usual playbook.  I would be surprised though if the launch happens in three weeks as CNN claims.  I would think they would want to drag it out for maximum diplomatic gain in the hope of getting some kind of aid deal to solve the crisis they created in the first place.

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