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Analysts: Photos show North Korea may be building submarine capable of launching nuclear missiles

New satellite images taken on Monday suggest North Korea may be constructing a new ballistic missile submarine, analysts from the Beyond Parallel research project said Tuesday.

The photos of Sinpo South Shipyard show support vessels and a crane, which could be used during a test launch, the analysts said. The analysts said there is no conclusive evidence that a test will happen soon, and the threat is "emerging rather than imminent."

In July, North Korean state media said leader Kim Jong Un inspected a newly built submarine. The analysts said Sinpo South Shipyard has been a hub of activity for the last three years, and the "images suggest North Korea is making real progress in developing a second leg of the nuclear triad, bringing them closer to a survivable nuclear force."