Photos indicate N. Korea using airport as alternate launch facility
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea used an airport on its east coast for a missile launch earlier this summer and will likely use it again for future tests, a U.S. think tank says.
Pyongyang said a missile launched June 22 flew as high as 870 miles before landing in the Sea of Japan, raising fears the communist country is making technical progress on its ballistic missile program after several failures.
State-run media published photos of the launch, which was reportedly observed by leader Kim Jong Un, but did not give the launch location.
The 38 North — a website run by Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies that monitors North Korean activities — said Friday that a comparison of ground photos and commercial satellite images from June 17 “clearly identifies the test as having taken place” at a recently constructed firing position on the east side of the former Wonsan air base, which is in the final stages of being converted into a modern civilian airport.
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