North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: AFP/ KCNA via KNS

A US civilian satellite has reportedly captured an image of what appears to be a North Korean road-mobile missile launcher for the first time.

Analysts say such mobile missile launchers, which can change their firing positions, will make it harder for US warplanes to locate and destroy North Korean missiles in a surgical strike or a general war on the Korean peninsula.

The transporter erector launcher was seen about 6 miles away from Panghyon airfield in Kusong, a city in North Pyongan Province, Voice of America reported.

DigitalGlobe, a US commercial vendor of space imagery, took the photograph on March 13, according to the report.

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