North Korea has expanded its ballistic missile launcher factory

Satellite images show that North Korea has expanded its long-range missile launcher factory in Pyongsong

    2019/12/23

NSFW    PYONGSONG, NORTH KOREA — Civilian satellite imagery by Planet Labs has revealed an expansion to the March 16 factory in North Korea's Pyongsong, NBC News reports.

Citing expert analysis given to the channel, NBC reports that these activities could mean North Korea will soon resume the testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Analysis Jeffrey Lewis told the channel that a temporary structure has been erected at the March 16 factory.

Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, speculated that the structure is built to accommodate efforts to raise a missile launcher arm.

Lewis told CNN the March 16 factory is involved in manufacturing civilian vehicles and missile launchers.

Citing Lewis, CNN reported that the heavy-duty trucks built at the factory are powerful enough to transport large missiles.

Lewis told NBC the facility's expansion occurred after North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un visited the factory in June.

NBC speculates that the revelation could mean North Korea will test launch a missile designed to be capable of reaching the U.S.
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