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APNewsBreak: NKorea upgrading rocket launch site

APNewsBreak: Satellite images show NKorea upgrading old launch site to handle bigger rockets By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A U.S. institute says satellite imagery shows North Korea is upgrading its old launch site in the secretive country's northeast to handle larger rockets, like space launch vehicles and intercontinental missiles.

The U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies says the construction at the Musudan-ri site began last summer and reflects North Korean determination to expand its rocket program.

The U.S. and other nations are worried such rockets could be developed to deliver nuclear weapons.



The North used a different, northwestern site capable of handling larger rockets for a failed attempt in mid-April to launch a satellite.

The institute tells Associated Press that an April 29 aerial image of Musudan-ri suggests the upgraded facilities are designed for even bigger rockets than the Unha-3 rocket launched in April.


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