South Detects “Engine Test” At North Korean Nuclear Facility

Monday, November 20, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Nov 20, 2017

More than two months have passed since North Korea held one of its missile tests – the longest period of tranquility this year, although it may be ending soon: South Korea’s National Intelligence Service warned on Monday that it has detected suspicious activity at the North’s missile research facility – the latest sign that another test may occur by the end of the year. South Korean intelligence has on more than one occasion captured spy satellite images of the North Korean military transporting equipment from the North’s missile facility near Pyongyang. While security analysts speculated at the time that these movements could portend another missile test, none have materialized.

However, earlier today, Yonhap reported that South Korean intelligence believe the North recently carried out what’s called a missile engine test. Spy satellites spotted vehicles briskly moving toward the facilities, according to Yi Wan-young, a member of South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence committee, which was briefed by Seoul’s National Intelligence Service. All of this suggests North Korea may conduct additional missile tests this year to help polish its long-range missile technology and ramp up the threat against the US. The South’s spy agency said it’s closely monitoring these developments.

As a reminder, the North hasn’t tested a missile since Sept. 15, when it launched a medium-range missile over the Northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The North conducted its sixth and most recent nuclear test on Sept. 3.

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