North Korea likely Photoshopped missile launch images, analyst says

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North Korea and its missile tests have become one of the most talked about issues globally.

North Korea routinely fails to follow that rule and has ignored several letters from the ICAO urging it to inform airline officials of its plan to launch missiles.

"In the clean dark sky, you can see flashes from a missile from that long distance", he said.

Meanwhile, Senator Lindsey Graham said Sunday on "Face the Nation" that preemptive war in North Korea is "becoming more likely" as the country's improving missile technology presents an increasing threat. Stars wouldn't show up that clearly in an image, even in North Korea, where there's very low light pollution.

In a series of posts, the scientist mentioned other things he found inconsistent in the pictures, which led him to believe they have been tampered with.

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

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An astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Jonathan McDowell, as a part of a conversation among experts analyzing the pictures, had earlier tweeted saying he also doubted the images. 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.

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

Using stars to locate where a missile was launched is much more hard.

When the North launched an intercontinental ballistic missile late last month, pilots from two Korean Air passenger planes said they spotted the engine blasts and reported the sighting to the Japanese aviation authorities.

By conducting the launch at night and altering backgrounds, it's possible that Pyongyang was trying to throw everyone off. Early last month, USA officials told CNN that the North was developing a new, more advanced ICBM, one potentially superior to the Hwasong-14 ICBM tested twice successfully in July.

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.