Singapore Airlines Changes Flight Routes Over N.Korean Missiles

07 December, 2017, 09:09 | Author: Leticia Walters
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Despite catching glimpses of the weapon-thought to be the deadliest missile in North Korea's arsenal-Cathay Pacific and Korean Air had not chosen to alter their routes as of Tuesday, according to a Bloomberg report. Cathay Pacific said in a statement Monday, Dec. 4, the crew on a San Francisco-to-Hong Kong flight reported witnessing the apparent re-entry of the ICBM that North Korea launched before dawn Wednesday.

The paper says that, given Pyongyang's worsening relations with surrounding nations and advances in nuclear weapons and missile systems, "many in Japan believe evacuation exercises for the public are a prudent precaution".

So, I just discovered that the North Koreans DID tamper with their #Hwasong15 launch photo's!

North Korea's testing of its Hwasong-15 long-range ballistic missile on 29 November has renewed concerns regarding the threat the country poses for the US.

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!"

Not all the images appear to be tampered with, Langbroek said.

These were not the only images that were used by him to prove his point.

Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, pointed out to CNN that the stars in the photo looked too clear for a picture capturing a missile's rapid ascent.

Essentially, North Korea's claims about the source of their images don't match with the stars visible in the pictures. The starry background helps highlight the missile and give it an ethereal quality, giving the photograph some texture that a near pitch-black background would not.

North Korea's latest image drop also took longer than usual.

In August, Air France-KLM expanded its no-fly zone around North Korea after a missile test. "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.

But McDowell believes the images were only edited for aesthetics because the missile itself does not appear to have been altered. We think these are just cosmetic alterations-changes to help Kim look a bit more handsome than he is in real life, much like a wedding photographer might make.

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