N.Korea Unveils New 'Satellite Facility'

      May 06, 2015 09:49

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un looks at rockets at a newly-built satellite facility on Sunday, in this photo released by the Rodong Sinmun.

      A purported satellite command center stands about 400 m from former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's residence in Pyongyang, satellite imagery suggests. Kim died in 2011.

      The imagery matches an aerial picture of the facility shown on the North Korean state TV on Sunday, while the residence is reportedly still sometimes used by current leader Kim Jong-un.

      The the official [North] Korean Central News Agency on Sunday claimed the regime built a facility that supervises rocket launches.

      "[North] Korea's satellites will soar into space as the party decides," Kim was quoted as saying during an inspection of the facility.

      The North has no satellites.

      Pundits worry that the North will launch another missile to mark the 70th anniversary of the Workers Party. In 2012 the isolated country launched a space rocket carrying what it claimed was a satellite, but the contraption was not functional and the launch was widely seen as a test of intercontinental missile technology.

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