North Korea Possibly Preparing for Ballistic Missile Launches

© AFP 2022 / JUNG YEON-JE People watch a news report on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test at a railroad station in Seoul on January 6, 2016
People watch a news report on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test at a railroad station in Seoul on January 6, 2016 - Sputnik International
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North Korea could be preparing for ballistic missile launches from its eastern coastal area, in addition to the planned launch of a satellite, TV reports say.

TOKYO (Sputnik) – The movement of a mobile launch pad with a ballistic missile has been spotted in the eastern coastal area of North Korea, Japanese NHK broadcaster reported on Thursday citing diplomatic sources.

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