North Korea Reports Successful Test at Satellite Launch Site

Experts say it was likely a static test of a rocket engine

North Korean state media has reported a “successful test of great significance” at their Sohae satellite launch site. They did not elaborate beyond this on what they were actually testing.

This comes days after media reports claimed satellite images showed activity at Sohae, and apparently explains that North Korea was in fact doing something at the site, which they consider to be significant.

What they were doing though, is a mystery. Expects are saying they think the most likely explanation is that this was a static test of a rocket engine of some sort.

This explanation makes sense, because the site is generally for developing or launching engines, and if there had been an actual launch, presumably someone would have noticed. With no such reports, the assumption is nothing was launched.

Author: Jason Ditz

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