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North Korea may be preparing a military air demonstration of a kind it has not conducted for more than a year. the East Coast of the country. The images were taken by the commercial company Planet on November 11 and November 13, and were shared by analysts at 38 North, a North Korea-based study website.
"We've noticed a number of military aircraft now lined up at the airport in recent days," said Jenny Town, a fellow at the Stimson Center and managing editor of 38 North. Build up includes fighters, helicopters, transport and aircraft attacks.
"It's very rare that we see any kind of traffic here," he said.
The eclectic variants of wing-to-wing parked aircraft make them unlikely to be used in a military operation or exercise, Town says. "It looks like they might be preparing for a visit to Kim Jong Un's site, and maybe a private demonstration for him."
Such a demonstration would also signal other countries, including the US ̵1; that North Korea knows are watching satellites carefully. "This again indicates a failure in the diplomatic process," he said.
North Korea's air force is relatively far behind its rivals such as the US and South Korea, according to Joseph Dempsey, an associate professor at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. "They have a reasonable amount of wind power on paper, but it's very dated."
The latest planes are 30-40 years old, he said. Unlike nukes and missiles, North Korea cannot produce its own aircraft, he said. From 2014 to 2017, combat aircraft in North Korea saw "a bit of sea bombing or bombing of a target on land."
However, Dempsey says, this gathering appears to be a significant part of North Korea's active aircraft. "Looking back over the years, it looks great," he said.
For example, in satellite images, it is possible to see 14 Su-25 aircraft, he notes. The full force of the air is thought to have 34 such aircraft, and many more may not be fully operational.
Dempsey says there will be no such demonstration in 2018, the year of the first summit between President Trump and Kim in Singapore. During that time, North Korea has dramatically reduced some of its military activities and conducted demolitions at the nuclear test site in Punggye-ri. Wonsan in September 2016. North Korea's wind power was out of date, according to experts.[1945901212
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