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Study: N. Korea stepping up submarine building

  • September 24, 2019
  • , NHK WORLD
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US researchers say satellite images suggest North Korea may be stepping up its activities to build a new submarine capable of carrying ballistic missiles.

 

Researchers at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and satellite operator Planet Labs told NHK that they analyzed photos taken on Monday, of a shipyard in the eastern port city of Sinpo.

 

The images show the roof of a large new structure straddling the quay. Part of it has been covered with netting, which serves to conceal activities inside the structure.

 

The researchers say images taken last week indicate that the structure was built to hide a new submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles, which is reportedly under construction.

 

The researchers say photos taken on Monday also spotted a truck crane with building materials around it, which support the idea that North Korea is stepping up construction activities.

 

Senior researcher David Schmerler says the netting of the structure prevents anyone from seeing whether a submarine is under it, and highlights the importance of monitoring the North’s latest activities in the area.

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