February 15, 2019 12:01
North Korea last year built massive monuments where it test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile and a medium-range ballistic missile. The regime has been building monuments to these achievements since 2017, when regional tensions were at a peak after a series of North Korean missile tests.
"We've found that the North has built monuments at more than four missile test sites," a military source here said Thursday. The projects continued even when denuclearization talks gained traction.
The latest monuments were built in Kusong, North Pyongan Province, where the Pukguksong-2 mid-range missile was test-launched in February 2017, and in Jonchon, Jagang Province, where a second test-launch of the Hwasong-14 long-range missile was conducted in July the same year.
The monuments consist of big slabs of text extolling the missile launches.
David Schmerler, an analyst at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in the U.S., in March last year published images of launch sites in Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province, and Kusong, North Pyongan Province, where he claimed the North built monuments in celebration of the successful launch of the Hwasong-14 and 15 ICBMs.
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