Sources indicate recent movement at North Korea's Dongchang-ri missile launch site-- a site that has previously been used to test-fire long-range missiles including inter-continental ballistic missiles.
According to lawmakers who attended a meeting with officials from South Korea's National Intelligence Service held at the National Assembly on Friday, vehicles and equipment have been moved at the site breaking a hiatus since early this year.
The lawmakers added it's too early to assume this automatically signifies a pattern in the North's movement that resemble a nuclear launch.
However, given the recent actions taken by the North including Thursday's firing from its super-large multiple rocket launcher it's raising speculation that the North may be gearing up for a plan-B in case of a lack of progress in denuclearization talks with the U.S. as the year's end deadline draws near.
A government official confirmed the movement at the site might have something to do with the regime's engine combustion experiment necessary for launching missiles.
According to photos distributed by Google Earth on November 1st, four or so buses, trucks and cranes that appear to be related to construction machinery have been spotted near the parking lot of the site.
The South Korean military responded by saying it couldn't confirm the North's recent activity but said it's closely monitoring the situation.
Earlier this month, National Security Office Director Chung Eui-yong had stated the North couldn't launch ICBMs if the Dongchang-ri site is shut down.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had vowed to shut the site down during the third inter-Korean summit held in Pyeongyang in September last year.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.