Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump hails start of dismantling North Korean missile site

Trump hails start of dismantling North Korean missile site

Satellite images suggest that North Korea has begun dismantling a rocket launching facility, a possible sign that Kim Jong-un is honouring a pledge made to President Trump to disarm. The satellite snapshots dated July 20 depict the presence of a crane and vehicles conducting deconstruction work on a building used to assemble space-launch vehicles, including a rail-mounted transfer structure.

"We have multiple cases where the USA and North Korea got together, thought they had a deal and then walked away".

Daily NK's researchers also found the price of rice surprisingly stable for a North Korean economy that contracted by 3.5 percent previous year, which might be further evidence of a plan to insulate North Korea from the most painful and politically destabilizing effects of the sanctions regime.

Lee said, if North Korea dismantles the entire Sohae launch area, it would reduce greatly the country's missile threat.

"North Korea still has not disclosed or offered to dismantle facilities that produce or store nuclear or missile systems, or the means to transport the missiles. Japan is happy, all of Asia is happy", he said.

An official from South Korea's presidential office said Tuesday that Seoul has also seen the activities at the Sohae launch site.

After a historic face-to-face meeting last month, U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had destroyed a "major" test site.

"As we have stated before, we are committed to building a peace mechanism with the goal of replacing the Armistice agreement when North Korea has denuclearized", the official added.

A TV screen shows a satellite image of North Korea's Sohae launch site during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul South Kore Tuesday
Report says images indicate North Korea dismantling test site facilities

South Korea's central bank said North Korea's gross domestic product shrank 3.5 percent previous year, marking the biggest decline since 1997, citing global sanctions and drought.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the imagery was "entirely consistent" with commitments Kim made to Trump during their summit in Singapore.

Lewis's novel presumes that diplomatic negotiations ultimately fail and the Trump administration again ramps up its military pressure tactics, including the resumption of joint military exercises with South Korea that Trump recently suspended, and flying US fighter jets and bombers close to the inter-Korean border in a demonstration of military force.

Trump pushed back against that suggestion Monday, tweeting that he is "very happy" with the progress with North Korea, noting a lack of rocket launches and nuclear tests in recent months.

"However, the worldwide 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.

Officials from the Japanese and US governments have criticized the North's space launch program as a thinly veiled way to test ballistic missile components.

The dismantled sites are key, and not just because Trump and Kim talked about them. Security journalist Ankit Panda noted that "the missile engine test stand - the long-awaited concession after June 12 [the Singapore Summit] - appears to be in a mostly reversible state". "We had a fantastic meeting with Chairman Kim, and it seems to be going very well".

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