North Korea Prepares for Missile Launch
It appears that North Korea is preparing the launch its missile despite outcry from world leaders. A satellite image revealed that the country is showing no sign to halt the operations.
The satellite image was taken in Tongchang-ri, where it is believed to be the location of the launch. US-Korea Institute at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies analyzed the image, which showed fuel tanks and trucks, which would be used as store propellant of the missile.
North Korea came under fire when it announced that it is launching its satellite on April 15. The announcement coincided with the nuclear disarmament summit, a global meeting of world leaders. The summit was held in Seoul, South Korea.
The observation satellite launch is also in remembrance of the 100th birth of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung. The United States, however, the move is in direct violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
US President Barack Obama has also issued a statement saying North Korea should abort the plans but it is apparent the North Korea leaders are ignoring the appeal.
Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard tried to allay fears in her home country, saying it is unlikely that missile debris will reach Australian shores.
Based on the institute’s analysis, different stages of the rocket will be implemented separately. The launch pad is estimated to be 1,000 meters away.
Peter Lavoy, US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia Pacific security affairs, downplayed North Korea’s efforts, saying the rocket would be unstable and that it would not cause any casualty.