A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Peter Makowsky
New commercial satellite imagery from December 11 indicates that activity continues at the Vertical Engine Test Stand at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, where North Korea announced an “important test” was conducted on December 7. A 10-meter-long truck is present adjacent to one of the newer fuel/oxidizer bunkers that may be the same vehicle as seen before in this area, although moved to a new position. A possible crane is nearby, but the limited resolution of this image precludes a more definitive assessment.
A vehicle is now present at the tracking and observation facility located west of the engine test stand.
Figure 1. Truck observed adjacent to one of the fuel/oxidizer bunkers at the Vertical Engine Test Stand.
Figure 2. Close-up of possible crane and truck present at the Vertical Engine Test Stand.
Figure 3. Vehicle present at the tracking and observation facility.