It has been reported that North Korea has built an underground fuelling station at its missile test site, making it even more difficult for the US spy satellites to track, trace and find out what North Korea are actually doing. There have been a large number of suspicions directed towards North Korea in recent years but no one country or person has been able to put together any conclusive evidence.
South Korea’s Dong-a Ilbo newspaper, quoted intelligence sources that the underground fuelling station had been completed between late 2008 and February 2009. While North Korea has already been a difficult country to monitor and regulate, this new addition adds extensively to the secretive nature of their government.
North Korea said last week that its preparations to launch a satellite were on schedule, however they did not indicate any date as to when this actually may happen.
Washington would not like a satellite to be launched from North Korea, however North Korea is also very capable of launching missiles as well. It has created the Taepodong-2 missile that could theoretically reach Alaska. A rocket launch for any purpose would violate UN resolutions passed after the last missile test as North Korea has signed a treaty saying it will not attempt rock launches.
“If liquid fuel is pumped into missile projectiles at underground facilities, the North can dodge US surveillance satellites,” an anonymous source said. If North Korea has built this underground for these purposes then it would be a concern.
One reason that is being looked at is that before the fuelling station had been built fuelling used to take 4-6 days but now the fuelling could take 1-2 days if North Korea wanted to launch rockets and/or missiles. Now North Korea could use the underground fuelling station according to its requirements and launch them up to 2 or 3 times quicker than it used to do previously.
Either way China has some concerns about this launch, as chief nuclear envoy Wu Dawei visited Pyongyang earlier this week in an effort to persuade North Korea not to go ahead with the launch.
Despite China trying to make North Korea see sense and not launch, North Korea has declared that it has a “sovereign right” to go ahead with the launch as was planned.
The National Intelligence Service has so far not made a comment on these reports that North Korea had built an underground fuelling station.
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