Analysts are keeping a close eye on North Korea following a flurry of activity at a naval base.
There's speculation that the country may use an upcoming holiday to unveil new weapons or test fire a submarine launched ballistic missile, and showcase it's largest missiles for the first time in two years.
Aerial satellite images obtained by Reuters show formations of troops practicing for what is expected to be a major military parade on October 10th, the 75th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea.
Imagery analysts and security officials have warned that so far there is no conclusive evidence of an impending launch, but after several typhoons lashed North Korea earlier this month, satellite photos have shown a spike in movement at the Sinpo South Shipyard -- including in a secure basin where a barge used in previous underwater missile launches is docked.
South Korea's defense minister said Monday (September 14) he considered a submarine launch unlikely because there is too little time to prepare ahead of the anniversary.
The commander of U.S. military forces in South Korea said last week that although North Korea could roll out a new weapons system, there are no indications that the country is looking at "lashing out" ahead of the expected military parade.