Saturday, 20 July, 2019

Images Show North Korea Dismantling Key Facilities at Satellite Launching Station

Airbus Defense and Space and 38 North The partially dismantled Sohae launch pad structure Airbus Defense and Space and 38 North
Deanna Wagner | 24 July, 2018, 13:58

Since Sohae is "believed to have played an important role in the development of technologies for the North's intercontinental ballistic missile programme, these efforts represent a significant confidence-building measure on the part of North Korea", Bermudez said.

If confirmed, the analysis by respected US-based website 38 North could signal a step forward after last month's landmark summit between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, although some experts questioned the significance of the gesture.

Relations between the U.S. and North Korea appeared to take a dive as North Korea accused the U.S. of a "gangster-like mindset" during the high-level negotiations.

Shares of South Korean companies with exposure to North Korea rose after the news that the satellite site was being dismantled. "Likewise, no Nuclear Tests".

Citing an unidentified US official, CNN reported Monday that Trump had "privately expressed frustration over the perceived lack of progress in the talks". The dismantling work probably began sometime within the last two weeks, he said.

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.

But the deal was criticised for a lack of details on when or how Pyongyang would renounce its nuclear weapons.

Trump rejected "Fake News" that he was angry because progress was not happening fast enough with North Korea.

Airbus Defense and Space and 38 North
Test stand superstructure appear to have been completely dismantled Airbus Defense and Space and 38 North

After an problematic meeting in Pyongyang involving Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a team of North Korean officials, the North criticized the USA for making unilateral demands of North Korea while ignoring Pyongyang's expectations, with a peace treaty being high on the country's list of demands.

On Monday, ahead of the report's release, Trump blasted the media for reports that he was unhappy with the slow pace of progress on the nuclear issue, while also claiming that Japan - and all of Asia - were satisfied with developments since last month's summit.

"The fact of the matter is that past year, on President Trump's watch, North Korea made significant advances in its ballistic missile technology, achieving what many experts agree is a nuclear-capable operational ICBM", Menendez added.

"Wrong, very happy!" he said on Twitter on Monday.

A report in The Washington Post at the weekend said in spite of positive assessments Mr Trump has given on progress with North Korea, he has vented anger at aides over a lack of immediate progress.

"I want to hear from the secretary how and if this action by North Korea is integrated into a cogent and coherent diplomatic framework that gets us to complete and verifiable dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs", he told CNN.

"If North Korea goes further and dismantle the entire Sohae site, that would meaningfully reduce the country's long-range missile capability by eliminating a facility where it could fire multiple ICBMs in succession", Lee said.

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