N.Korea 'Preparing for Another Missile Test'

North Korea could be preparing for another missile or space rocket test as two 45,000-gallon fuel tanks and a pump facility have turned up in satellite pictures of a missile launch site in Tongchang-ri. They had not been seen since November last year.

38 North, a website run by Johns Hopkins University, published an article by Nick Hansen on Jan. 29 saying that North Korea seems to be modifying the facility so that it can launch 43-m long-distance missiles.

Another story is apparently being added to the nine-story gantry tower, enabling the North to launch a missile 25 percent longer than the one it tested in Dec. 2012, Hansen said.

The new fuel tanks "could be used to fuel vehicles in mobile missile units and a pad possibly intended for use by those units for training."  

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 03, 2014 13:31 KST