September 10, 2018 10:46
North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile assembly facility in Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province seems to have been dismantled completely, Voice of America reported last week.
High-resolution civilian satellite imagery from Sept. 1 shows that there remains only what looks like a roll of cloth but no building or building materials where the facility used to stand.
Planet Labs' satellite imagery of the same location shows no shadow of high-rise buildings.
But at the same time North Korean ports that handle coal shipments, which are banned under UN Security Council, are busy again.
VOA's analysis of a month worth of satellite images shot by Planet Labs shows that the number of ships carrying coal arriving at and leaving Nampo increased in July and August.
Similar moves were detected in Songrim, South Hwanghae Province and in Wonsan, Kangwon Province. That suggests the regime is increasingly busy with illegal coal exports.
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