Images show upgraded security at North Korean launch site
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published: September 01, 2016
Security has been tightened at North Korea’s Sohae satellite-launching station — changes that a U.S. think tank says could indicate the site might soon be occupied by space-agency scientists, engineers, technicians and the military.
Sohae, near Tongchang-ri in the communist country’s hilly northwest, was used in February to successfully launch a long-range rocket that put a satellite into orbit, though critics say the real purpose was to test ballistic-missile technology banned by the United Nations.
Recent satellite images show the site’s inner and outer security perimeters have been extended in recent years, according to an analysis by 38 North, a website run by Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies that monitors North Korean activities.
What once consisted of simple patrol paths atop surrounding hills now includes fences and new guard positions, the website said. Coastal areas have been connected to existing coastal-defense patrol roads.