South Korea’s Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) has reported that several North Korean missiles have been seen getting moved from a rock facility in Pyongyang.
The report, which cites an unnamed intelligence source, said South Korean and US intelligence officials have detected the missiles being moved away from the Missile Research and Development Facility at Sanum-dong in northern Pyongyang.
It is unknown where the missiles have been moved at this stage.
It is reported that the missiles could be Hwasong-12, an intermediate range missile, or Hwasong-14, an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
The latter seems more likely as the Sanum-dong facility is known to be dedicated to producing ICBMs.
There are fears from South Korean officials that North Korea may conduct provocative actions around the anniversary of the founding of the communist party on October 10th or when China holds its Communist Party Congress on October 18th.
The move comes after China ordered the closure of North Korean businesses and ventures with Chinese partners within China.
This cuts off an important economic source for the North Korean economy, which is heavily reliant on trade with China.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to hold top level talks in China over the weekend, hoping to get China’s aid in squeezing the North Korean economy.
China account for around 90% of North Korea’s foreign trade, and is seen as vital to achieving a non-military solution with Pyongyang.