North Korea 'FAKED photos of latest missile test' - expert says

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government.

The North Korean missile was sacked very high up, reaching an altitude of 4,475 kilometers (2,780 miles) before falling back into the Sea of Japan about 950 kilometers (600 miles) from where it was launched.

He added: "The most likely reason is simple that they did it for aesthetics".

Two of the images that were shot from the same viewpoint seemed to show two different constellations in the background of the missile, Langbroek said on Twitter: "Two images from clearly same viewpoint, but dramatically different star backgrounds!" The isolated regime had been testing an intercontinental ballistic missile that, for the first time, appeared capable of reaching the West Coast of the United States.

Those weren't the only images that appear to have been tampered with. "But mainly I took a look at these images with a specific interest in the directions they were taken, because I was discussing the geolocation of the launch site with @ArmsControlWonk and the noted the oddities", he wrote.

North Korea has a reputation of altering images it releases to the world, tampering with everything from Kim Jong Un's ears to hovercrafts conducting an amphibious landing.

Then why did the North Korean government choose to alter the photos?

North Korea's latest image drop also took longer than usual. While North Korea has claimed that their new weapon has put all parts of the United States within reach of a devastating strike, USA officials say the latest test was a failure since the missile broke apart on re-entry as the airliner witnessed.

Using stars to locate where a missile was launched is much more hard.

Langbroek said he's not suggesting the launch was staged, just some of images were altered for "aesthetics". Early last month, US officials told CNN that the North was developing a new, more advanced ICBM, one potentially superior to the Hwasong-14 ICBM tested twice successfully in July.

"An ICBM soaring into the stars makes for good propaganda images".

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