Photos indicate N. Korea using airport as alternate launch facility

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This satellite image, with an inlay of a photo from the Korean Central News Agency, shows the firing position of North Korea's June 22 missile test from an airport on its eastern coast. (Courtesy of Airbus Defense and Space)
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This satellite image, with an inlay of a photo from the Korean Central News Agency, shows the firing position of North Korea's June 22 missile test from an airport on its eastern coast. (Courtesy of Airbus Defense and Space)

Photos indicate N. Korea using airport as alternate launch facility

by: Kim Gamel | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 09, 2016

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea used an airport on its east coast for a missile launch earlier this summer and will likely use it again for future tests, a U.S. think tank says.

Pyongyang said a missile launched June 22 flew as high as 870 miles before landing in the Sea of Japan, raising fears the communist country is making technical progress on its ballistic missile program after several failures.

State-run media published photos of the launch, which was reportedly observed by leader Kim Jong Un, but did not give the launch location.

The 38 North — a website run by Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies that monitors North Korean activities — said Friday that a comparison of ground photos and commercial satellite images from June 17 “clearly identifies the test as having taken place” at a recently constructed firing position on the east side of the former Wonsan air base, which is in the final stages of being converted into a modern civilian airport.

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