North Korea Uses Out of Date Google Earth Images to Plot Nuclear Attacks
Kim Jong-un pictured in his 'war room' planning missile strike using old online maps
North Korea has released images of Kim Jong-un and his military advisors in their "war room" plotting a nuclear attack against the US, but experts believe they are using maps, taken from Google Earth, that are at least 6 years out of date.
The North Korean regime published the images to show the United States they are serious about launching a major missile strike on American soil, but experts noticed that the maps of a US air base projected on the wall were from American tech company, Google's, massively outdated satellite imagery software.
The images of the N Korea leader and his generals were released to show the world the rogue state was serious about a missile strike against US island territory of Guam.
The map projected onto the back wall was a satellite image of the island's Anderson Air Force Base.
But although the pictures were presumably designed to intimidate the rest of the world, they have instead been met with ridicule.
Express reports: If the pictures are indeed genuine, and not just staged for propaganda purposes, then experts believe Kim is working off a six-year-old picture of the air base.
Analysts who studied the picture have found the projection on Kim's wall is identical to a 2011 Google Earth image of the air base.
The base has undergone several changes in that time, potentially rendering much of Kim's research meaningless.
One building seen in the picture has since been demolished, while a deforested area seen in the 2011 picture now contains an aircraft docking area.
Nick Henson, from Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation, told Voice of America North Korea does not appear to have a satellite of its own and must, therefore, rely on the same online resources as everybody else.
Kim has put his country on red alert after declaring the rogue nation as being in a state of "quasi-war".
But citizens of the hermit state are said to be confused by the dictator's order as no further instructions have been issued by the regime since the announcement.
According to Pyongyang's own security levels, 'quasi-war’ status is just one step below 'state of war' and requires all civilians to take special measures in preparation for conflict.
They include producing war materials and moving into shelters in case of a nuclear attack.
But a week after Kim announced the security status, life has reportedly continued as normal in the secretive country.
One source in Ryanggang Province told Seol-based news website Daily NK:
"Even though residents were instructed to stay where they are and be alert at all times at the 'inminban' [North Korea's equivalent of a Neighbourhood Watch] meeting after the quasi-war status was declared, nothing unusual occurred."