North Korea completing large rocket pad: US think tank
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea has almost completed enlargement of its main satellite launch pad, allowing the launch of rockets up to 50 metres in length as early as next month, a US think-tank said on Friday.
The closely-followed 38 North website of the Johns Hopkins University's US-Korea Institute said recent satellite imagery showed gantry modifications at the Sohae launch site in northwest North Korea were almost finished.
The images revealed a new level had been added to handle rockets up to 50 metres in length - almost 70 percent longer than the Unha-3 rocket which successfully put a satellite in orbit in December 2012.
That launch was condemned by the international community as a disguised ballistic missile test and resulted in a tightening of UN sanctions.