Images Show Halt to Work on North Korean Launch Pad

Posted at: 07/23/2013 10:12 AM

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A new analysis of recent satellite imagery shows an eight-month construction standstill at a North Korean site meant to launch bigger and better long-range rockets.

The analysis released Tuesday says the stoppage may signal Pyongyang is slowing or even stopping development of larger rockets.

The analysis was provided to The Associated Press by 38 North, the website for the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

It's unknown if the work stoppage is only temporary or why North Korea stopped construction at what was intended to be a major new facility at the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground on the northeast coast.

One theory is that North Korea has decided that its more modern Sohae rocket launching site will be sufficient to support large rocket development.

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