North Korea reportedly dismantling key missile launch site

North Korea reportedly dismantling key missile launch site

Images of Sohae Satellite Launching Station, released by monitoring group 38 North on Monday, showed that Pyongyang has apparently begun dismantling work there.

New satellite images suggest North Korea has begun to deliver on its promise to dismantle a rocket engine testing site at the heart of its ballistic missile programme. This building is where space launch vehicles are assembled before they are moved to the launch pad, according to 38 North analyst Joseph Bermudez Jnr.

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Singapore last month for an unprecedented meeting between a US president and his North Korean counterpart. Some diplomats say the North Koreans have canceled meetings and failed to maintain basic communications with the U.S.

The conflict, in which the U.S. fought alongside South Korea, ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the two sides technically at war.

The publication of the new images emerged just hours after Donald Trump refuted what he called "fake news reports" that claimed that he was somehow frustrated over the lack of progress of the North Korean denuclearization agreed upon at the Singapore summit last month.

After the summit, Trump had declared the North Korean nuclear threat was effectively over, and United States media reports suggest he is privately furious at the lack of any subsequent progress on the denuclearisation issue. "Likewise, no Nuclear Tests. Japan is happy, all of Asia is happy", he said.

"However, the global community has repeatedly made clear it will not accept a nuclear-armed DPRK", the spokesperson told The Japan Times, using the acronym for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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Mueller's office said the unnamed witnesses haven't been charged and "have not been identified publicly with the case". One trial is set for July 25 in Alexandria, Virginia, and the second case in Washington has a September 17 trial date.

The U.S. stance has been that North Korea would have to take denuclearization measures first.

Earlier on Monday, President Trump said that he was "very happy" with the progress in relations with North Korea, saying that Pyongyang had not launched any missiles or carried out any nuclear tests during the last nine months. Another facility was identified as a space-launch vehicles and a rail-mounted processing building. "I think in the end the North Koreans will turn over the majority of the remains that they have - but it will have a price".

The launching site played helped the rogue regime develop their intercontinental ballistic missile program.

"The North Koreans are using the remains issue as a bargaining chip", said Bill Richardson, a former USA diplomat with experience negotiating with North Korea, including during the recovery of the remains of seven Americans in 2007. No additional progress was made on the site's fueling area.

North Korea insists that its space exploration program is purely civilian, but numerous technologies needed to place a satellite in orbit are similar to those needed to deliver a nuclear warhead to another continent.

Melissa Hanham, senior research associate with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, said that while dismantling the engine test site was a "good move", it amounted to "the bare minimum" that could be done at Sohae.

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