North Korea Prepares For New Missile Launch

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Fox News attained satellite images that  show what appears to be another launch pad being constructed at the Panghyon Airbase in North Pyongyang in the past week.

North Korea Prepares For New Missile Launch

According to analysts at Image Sat International, this is the first time that North Korea has decided to rebuild a site that it has used before.

North Korea Prepares For New Missile Launch

The photos appear to show the development of another launch pad just a few yards away from the one used during the July 4 Hwasong-14 ICBM launch, as well as a newly renovated access road. The satellite images also show the construction of an aircraft hangar, as well as airplanes being moved and stored in hangars on the tarmac.

The construction was spotted just days after the test launch of Hwasong-15, the North Korean ICBM with the longest reach to date that may be capable of carrying multiple warheads, according to Nikkei.

North Korea Prepares For New Missile Launch

After seeing pictures of the new missile published by North Korean state-run Rodong Sinmun, Chang Young-keun of the Korea Aerospace University said that, compared to its predecessors, the more rounded nose cone of the latest missile may signify that it had been designed with an eye toward a multiple-warhead system. The missile seems to involve a completely new rocket, judging by its size and shape, South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense said November 30.

The missile’s shape may also be related to technology intended to protect its payload from the stress of re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere, said Kim Jung-bong, a professor at Hanzhong University. Heavy use of high-performance material such as carbon fiber could account for the rounded form, Kim said.

The Hwasong-15 is 30cm wider than its predecessor at around 2 meters, one expert said. This suggests the missile contains two engines in the first of its two stages, up from one in the Hwasong-14, said Kim Dong-yup, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul. The increased thrust could put the entire US mainland within the missile’s range without any reduction in the weight of the payload, the professor said.

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  • rudy

    Totally normal, in the light of the US behaviour, every country with important and considerable minnerals in the underground should be prepared with Nuke’s to defend herself especially coz in the Case of North Korea the US tried already to exterinate it !

    • Gerald North

      North Korea deserves what it gets Kim is a nutcase

      • Gerald North

        All Kim knows how to do is kill family members and others in his country. Similar to Hitler

        • rudy

          WHY DO YOU REPEAT CHEAP US PROPAGANDA MATERIAL ?

          • Solomon Krupacek

            these are facts. the kims were unpleasant also for ussr.

      • rudy

        Learn first your own historical facts !

        • D_Mac

          Dude you’re clearly arguing back & forth with a 14yo kid.

    • Michael Jones

      You haven’t a clue. Read a book

      • D_Mac

        Read a book???? That’s one of the worst things you could do. Anyone can write a book. It’s not factual because it’s in a book. I say instead of reading a book, LISTEN, LEARN, OBSERVE CAREFULLY, BE CAUTIOUS, AND NEVER NAIVE. You’ll read more lies in your lifetime than you will the truth.

    • D_Mac

      North Korea wants to obtain nuclear weapons to defend itself from foreign attack. They’re insane to think USA would concoct some sort of reason to go in and overthrow the government. They act like USA would invade their homeland under false allegations while feeding the US citizens propaganda & lies in order to acheive public support. North Korea really needs to understand that USA government has NK’s citizens best interests in mind, and would do whatever it takes to make sure that the people of North Korea will live happily ever after. We’d never do anything to harm them. Pinky swear.

      • Solomon Krupacek

        North Korea wants to obtain nuclear weapons to defend itself from foreign attack.

        wrong! kim want NW to defend himself. he is pissong on the people. kim = 1000 pinochet.

  • Obscure Shadow

    Dear Kim: Don’t launch until you can hit DC first and you won’t have to bother with any more.

    • anonim

      DC is only a puppet house.

      • Obscure Shadow

        With psychopathic masters pulling the strings.

    • Don’t read butthurt replies

      Israel?

    • SV ARGO

      Get a life

  • Enkidu

    I hope the cucks who run my country make way for a decent government who will develop nuclear weapons of its own. My land was supposed to be a regional, if not world power, but US meddling stopped our real progress dead in its tracks, for decades now. Minor nations should follow North Korea’s example, especially the ones rich in minerals.

    • D_Mac

      I can’t believe that evil North Korea wants to obtain nuclear weapons to defend itself from foreign attack. They’re insane to think USA would concoct some sort of reason to go in and overthrow the government. They act like USA would invade their homeland under false allegations while feeding the US citizens propaganda & lies in order to acheive public support. North Korea really needs to understand that USA government has NK’s citizens best interests in mind, and would do whatever it takes to make sure that the people of North Korea will live happily ever after. We’d never do anything to harm them. Now just get rid of the sole reason we haven’t invaded yoyr nation yet and your only means to protect your nation please. You have our word. We promise. Pinky swear.

    • Solomon Krupacek

      we dont need you as lords of th planet.

      • Enkidu

        That’s the point buddy, the more countries able to actively threaten the new world order with nuclear obliteration, the better we’ll all be

  • Jozsef Osztronkovics

    DPRK –North Korea only trying to defend itself—– from Zionist satanic UK US the war criminal –people had learned what happen to Libya Iraq Syria Yugoslavia and so on UK US is the sick satanic demon of this Earth

  • EmilyEnso

    Excellent article – as always – from Moon of Alabama.
    Well worth the read – very interesting info.
    http://www.moonofalabama.org/
    North Korea lost over 5,000,000 dead under US bombs.
    They are merely defending themselves – as most of us on here realise.

    • D_Mac

      I can’t believe that evil North Korea wants to obtain nuclear weapons to defend itself from foreign attack. They’re insane to think USA would concoct some sort of reason to go in and overthrow the government. They act like USA would invade their homeland under false allegations while feeding the US citizens propaganda & lies in order to acheive public support. North Korea really needs to understand that USA government has NK’s citizens best interests in mind, and would do whatever it takes to make sure that the people of North Korea will live happily ever after. We’d never do anything to harm them. Now just get rid of the sole reason we haven’t invaded yoyr nation yet and your only means to protect your nation please. You have our word. We promise. Pinky swear.

  • D_Mac

    North Korea wants to obtain nuclear weapons to defend itself from foreign attack. They’re insane to think USA would concoct some sort of reason to go in and overthrow the government. They act like USA would invade their homeland under false allegations while feeding the US citizens propaganda & lies in order to acheive public support. North Korea really needs to understand that USA government has their people best interests in mind and would do whatever it takes to make sure that the people of North Korea will live happily ever after. We never do anything to harm them. Pinky swear.

    • rudy

      It looks like you are the Pentagon or the White House spokesman, the US proved already in the 1950 war what they have in mind with North Korea especially while at this very moment that North Korea ‘s underground contains valable minerals in huge quantity’s !

  • Mary Whitney

    Put a 2 million bounty on him some one would kill him body and DNA or just nuke him he Hitler he scuidal

  • Meme Martinez

    If North Korea had a better president who cared for his people I would agree USA should let them be. I understand USA tactics using humanitarian emotions good deeds etc to steal from the people other countries, but it’s a mind game, people should see that. I agree I don’t trust a person like North Korea president who plays with missles starves torchers his people, he definitely needs to be replaced. I think North Korea will be better off.