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North Korea moves missile launchers to east coast

April 21, 2013 at 8:15 AM

PYONGYANG, North Korea, April 21 (UPI) -- North Korea moved two short-range Scud missile launchers to its east coast, signaling possible preparations for a missile launch, South Korean authorities said.

Satellite images released since Tuesday showed the North moving two missile transporter-erector-launchers to the eastern South Hamgyeong province, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported.

The move came after Pyongyang previously shifted two mid-range Musudan missiles to the city of Wonsan and put seven mobile missile TELs in Wonsan and South Hamgyeong province.

A South Korean military official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Seoul has been monitoring Pyongyang's moves.

"The military is closely watching the North's latest preparations for a missile launch," the officials said.

North Korea recently celebrated the birthday of the current ruler Kim Jong-un's grandfather and founder of the Korean People's Army, Kim Il-sung, and will mark the anniversary of the founding of the party on Thursday. Military officials said the North may try to stage a show of force, such as a missile launch or a military parade, during the anniversary

However, Kim Jang-soo, the South Korean chief of National Security, said last Thursday the North has shown no signs of preparing for a missile launch, adding he does not believe the North is capable of conducting a full-scale war on the Korean Peninsula.

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