North Korea appears poised to conduct new missile or rockets tests after satellite imagery showed renewed activity at a missile factory and a known launch site.
Experts at California’s Middlebury Institute of International Studies say that satellite images of the Sanumdong rocket factory taken on February 22 and on Friday suggested North Korea could be preparing to launch a missile or a space rocket.
The images, which were released to the US’s National Public Radio, also showed activity at North Korea’s Sohae site which has been the scene of satellite launches in recent years.
One of the experts, Jeffrey Lewis, told Reuters the activity at the two sites was “probably connected.” NPR said the photos taken on February 22 showed cars, trucks, rail cars and two cranes at Sanumdong, while in more recent images taken on Friday it appeared that the activity had died down and one of the cranes had disappeared.
Donald Trump, the US President, said on Friday he would be disappointed if Pyongyang were to resume weapons testing and reiterated his belief in his good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un despite the collapse last week of their second summit.
“I would be surprised in a negative way if he did anything that was not per our understanding. But we’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters. “I would be very disappointed if I saw testing.”