May 29th, 2009
04:14 PM ET

Satellite spots activity at North Korean missile site


[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/05/29/nkorea.missile/art.tank.afp.gi.jpg caption="South Korean soldiers ride in armored vehicles during a drill Friday in the border city of Paju."]
U.S. satellite imagery has spotted "vehicle activity" at a North Korean ballistic missile site, two Defense Department officials said Friday.

This activity is similar to that before a long-range missile launch by North Korea earlier this year. It comes amid growing world concern over North Korea's latest nuclear test and test-firings of short-range missiles.

Officials said the imagery shows vehicles used to transport Taepodong 2 missiles were spotted, but no missile parts were seen. The Taepodong 2 missile is a long-range missile that North Korea tested this year.

North Korea test-fired a short-range missile Friday off the country's east coast, a South Korean military source said. It would be the sixth such missile test since the country conducted a nuclear test Monday.

Also Friday, North Korea upbraided the U.N. Security Council for slamming its nuclear test, calling the members of the body "hypocrites" and warning of "stronger self-defense countermeasures" as the world body considers more sanctions against the country.

"There is a limit to our patience," the Foreign Ministry said in a combative statement.

North Korea blasted the Security Council's condemnations of the nuclear test on Monday and the launch in April of what North Korea called a satellite but other countries called a long-range missile.


Filed under: 360° Radar • North Korea • Nuclear Weapons
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  1. sam lewis

    yes we should be extremely worried, what you are seeing is n-korea setting into place the stage for the big dance, so to speak. and the usa is the guest of honor, its not the activity that you see that you should be worried aboout its what you dont see that concerns me. so while we continue to keep an eye on n- korea watch out for their allies to sneak up from the back.

    May 29, 2009 at 9:00 pm |