February 05, 2016 10:17
North Korea appears to have built a viewing booth for Kim Jong-un at the Tongchang-ri missile launch site near its northwestern border with China, a government source here said Thursday.
Analysis of satellite images shows North Korea's preparations for the planned space rocket launch have progressed significantly, according to the source.
"Since they've built a viewing booth it seems Kim Jong-un will personally watch the launch," the source said.
Authorities here are watching out for the armored train Kim inherited from his father to pull up in the area as a sign that the launch is imminent.
Meanwhile, President Park Geun-hye in a statement Thursday said the rocket launch plan means the North is willing to "continue threatening the international community" in order to prop up the regime.
Park added that the only way to keep North Korea from going ahead is for the international community "to implement powerful sanctions to make the North realize it cannot survive unless it gives up its nuclear weapons."
Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun said, "We are strengthening our readiness in order to shoot down any missile or debris that should fall inside our territory."
Moon added that the South will take "necessary defensive measures" depending on the damage caused by falling debris.
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