1. NUKE PROGRAM

    N. Korea Halts Launch Pad

    This April 29, 2012 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows what appears to be the initial stages of construction of a rocket assembly building at Musudan-ri in northeastern North Korea. The U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies says this building and a nearby launch pad under construction are upgrading facilities so the site can handle larger rockets, which could increase international concern over the secretive country's weapons programs. (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe)

    AP Photo

    New satellite imagery obtained by the Associated Press reveals that North Korea has halted construction on a launch pad that could be used for intercontinental-range rocket testing, pushing back the completion of the planned project for up to two years. Heavy rains could be to blame for the delay. An existing launch pad at the same Pyongyang complex is being renovated for use in possible future rocket tests. While North Korea has conducted nuclear tests twice in the past six years, experts say that the country has yet to develop the technology needed to shrink nuclear weapons to the size needed for long-range missiles.

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