Report: NKorea Builds Underground Fueling Facility

SEOUL, South Korea — A published report says North Korea is trying to make it harder for spy satellites to detect signs that a missile is being prepared for firing.

The South Korean newspaper newspaper reports Pyongyang built an underground fueling facility near a key launch pad either late last year or early this year.

The National Intelligence Service, Seoul’s top spy agency, and the Defense Ministry declined to confirm the report, citing the sensitivity of intelligence matters.

North Korea announced earlier this week that it plans to send a communications satellite into orbit as part of its space program.

Neighboring powers and the U.S. believe the launch may be a cover for a test-fire of a long-range ballistic missile.