North Korea Orders Expansion of Satellite Launch Site for Possible ICBM Launches

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the expansion and modernization of a satellite launch site capable of launching intercontinental ballistic missiles(ICBMs).

According to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency on Friday, Kim issued the order during his visit to the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground, a launching ground that could be used to launch long-range rockets, including the ICBMs.

According to reports, Kim inspected the site and ordered modernizing and expanding it to ensure that “various rockets could be launched to carry multi-purpose satellites, including a military reconnaissance satellite.”

Kim also ordered the reconstruction of the launching ground zone and the facilities for the general assembly of rockets to “enable the launch of large carrier rockets.”

Meanwhile, South Korea and the United States announced earlier that North Korea’s two recent ballistic missile launches were part of tests for a new ICBM system under the pretext of its space program.

“Though we can’t say definitively when a missile will be launched, we have been keeping close tabs on the possibility,” a government source indicated.

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