Still, always bad tensions are at a particularly risky point as North Korea edges toward its goal of a viable arsenal of nuclear-tipped long-range missiles, and as President Donald Trump ramps up his rhetoric toward the North, threatening, for instance, to unleash "fire and fury" against the country. Mr. Trump did not give any specifics on plans to combat the North Korean threat however, the USA moved a squadron of the military's F-22 stealth fighters to South Korea to begin combat exercises following the ICBM launch.
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". "Stars just don't look that different a few miles apart, and we have no reason to disbelieve that this launch was from the Pyongsong region north of Pyongyang".
"Two images from clearly same viewpoint, but dramatically different star backgrounds!"
The Intercontinental Ballistic Missile tested this time by North Korea is said to have a range of around 13,000 km and can allegedly hit any area in the mainland US.
According to CNN, using longer exposures meant the movement would be captured as a blur.
Essentially, Langbroek suggested the stars in the background don't match up with the viewpoints from which the photos were taken.
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.
But it has also led to another spate of warnings that, if sanctions don't change North Korea's calculus, military action might be needed. In early August, Air France expanded their no-fly zone around North Korea after it transpired one of its planes flew close to a North Korean missile path. "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.
"I don't think we've seen any evidence of that, so it looks like they just cut out a star background and put it on to make it look cool", he said.