- Commercial satellite imagery acquired on March 2, 2019, shows that North Korea is pursuing a rapid rebuilding of the long-range rocket site at Sohae.
- This renewed activity, taken just two days after the inconclusive Hanoi summit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un, may indicate North Korean plans to demonstrate resolve in the face of U.S. rejection of North Korea’s demands at the summit to lift five UN Security Council sanctions enacted in 2016-2017.
- This site has been used in the past for satellite launches, which use ICBM technology banned under UN Security Council resolutions.
- Activity is evident at the vertical engine test stand and the launch pad’s rail-mounted rocket transfer structure.
- Significantly, the environmental shelters on the umbilical tower, which are normally closed, have been opened to show the launch pad.
- This facility had been dormant since August 2018, indicating the current activity is deliberate and purposeful. For additional images see this update.
Sohae (Tongchang-ri) Launch Facility