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The satellite photos confirm the earlier reports published by the North Korean media on July 23, 2019, which shows President Kim Jong-Un inspecting a newly built submarine in what was suspected to be the follow-on SSB at the Sinpo South Shipyard.
The intelligence source's claims come days after commercial photographs of activity at Sinpo South Shipyard which raised fears Kim iJong-un s working to develop a new range of missiles.
Carried out on land at Sinpo Naval Shipyard, Sunday's ejection test is the third time this month and fourth in 2017, that North Korea has conducted a trial of the missile component that is critical to developing submarine launch capabilities, according to the US defense official.
Sinpo, where the Sunday launch took place, is the site of a North Korean submarine base and where the North has tested the submarine-launched ballistic missile it is developing.
The test, which brought immediate condemnation from the United States and North Korea's neighbors, sent a "Pukguksong" missile soaring from a submerged position off the North's port city of Sinpo. It flew an estimated 500 kilometers (310 miles) toward the seas around Japan, the longest distance North Korea has yet achieved in a submarine launch.
The missile was fired from waters Southeast of the coastal port city of Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province, at about 11:30 am Seoul time (0230 GMT), Yonhap reported citing South's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
Yonhap news agency in the South said the missile was fired in the direction of Sinpo, a North Eastern coastal town.
The market holds the Jayu (freedom) Park festival in April, a nearby park with beautiful cherry blossoms in that season; the Sinpo Market festival in September; and the Chinese Day festival in October
KEDO subsequently identified Sinpo as the LWR project site and held a groundbreaking ceremony in August 1997.
Currently, 200 North Koreans and about 700 South Koreans work at the construction site in Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province, about 250 kilometers northeast of Pyongyang.