New North Korean Missile Launch Pad Discovered

ICBM facility is 1-2 years from completion
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2008 2:09 PM CDT
In this April 25, 2007 file image made from television, missiles are carried during a massive military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (AP Photo/APTN, File)
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(Newser) – Pyongyang is building a new intercontinental ballistic missile launching facility, the AFP reports. Satellite imagery of the new site, on the west coast of North Korea, shows it to be larger and more sophisticated than the country’s current launch pad, security analysts say —though it won't be operational for at least a year.

The new facility “is designed to support a significant flight test program," said the director of "It is set up to do a launch three of four times a year, rather than every decade.”