Photos show N. Korea making progress on sub program upgrades
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published: July 22, 2016
North Korea is making significant progress on a project that will enable it to build more advanced ballistic-missile submarines, a Washington-based think tank says.
Satellite images taken July 14 of North Korea’s Sinpo Shipyard show external construction is complete on both an expanded launch ramp and a large assembly hall that will allow the communist regime to “build and launch new submarines much larger than the existing Gorae-class, including a new class of ballistic missile submarines,” said 38 North, a website run by Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies that monitors North Korean activities.
The status of work inside the building remains unclear, the report said.
The images — taken just days after a July 8 announcement that the U.S. and South Korea would deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, known as THAAD, on the peninsula — also show evidence of post-test maintenance on the North’s Gorae-class submarine “with a heavy-lift crane and what appears to be a small truck or shipping container present dockside,” 38 North said.