ACTIVITY INCREASES AT N. KOREA LAUNCH SITE: U.S. INSTITUTE

WASHINGTON — New activity has increased at a North Korean site where the country is expected to launch a rocket carrying what it calls a satellite later this month, a U.S. institute monitoring the site said Wednesday.

Imagery dated Monday showed nine motor vehicles including buses were spotted at a building in Tongchang-ri which is believed to be used to assembly rocket stages, the institute said on its 38 North website, noting there was only one vehicle on a satellite photo taken on January 25.

The U.S.-Korea Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Washington said, however, that recent imagery “indicates no significant changes” at the launch pad since last viewed on January 25. PNA/Kyodo/northboundasia.com