AP Exclusive: Images show NKorea launch pad halt
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- An analysis of new satellite imagery shows North Korea has stopped construction of a new launch pad that could handle tests of intercontinental range rockets. The interruption is possibly because of heavy summer rains and could stall completion by as much as two years.
The analysis of the Aug. 29 images says Pyongyang, however, is refurbishing an existing pad at the same complex that has been used for past rocket launches.
The analysis was provided to The Associated Press by 38 North, the website of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Experts don't believe Pyongyang has mastered the technology to shrink a nuclear weapon to fit on a long-range missile. But its rocket and missile programs remain worrisome.