WASHINGTON (AP) -- Independent analysts report that North Korea has quietly built a long-range missile base that is larger and more capable than an older and well-known launch pad for intercontinental ballistic missiles. These analysts provided images of the previously secret site to The Associated Press.
Information on this site was provided by Joseph Bermudez Jr., a senior analyst with Jane's Information Group and Tim Brown, who is with Talent-keyhole.dot.com, a private satellite imagery analysis company. Bermudez first located the site in early spring and the pair has tracked its construction using commercial and unclassified satellite imagery.
Bermudez told the AP in an interview that the primary purpose of the new site is to test missiles. But any base capable of a long-range test could obviously also be used in wartime to launch a missile that carried a warhead.
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