Just two days after the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without a deal on denuclearization, North Korea has started restoring their rocket launch site.
Sohae is North Korea controversial satellite launches site.
The satellite imagery of North Korea revealed that country is rebuilding its rocket launch site which it promised to dismantle.
North Korea used the Sohae site at Tongchang-ri for satellite launches and engine testing. The country never used it for ballistic missile launches. Last year, North Korea started to dismantle it but delayed as the US talks stalled.
North Korea’s pledge to dismantle the site has widely taken as a confidence-building act between Pyongyang and Washington. Meanwhile, the US has also warned North Korea to remain ready for more sanctions if not take measures to denuclearization.
The satellite proofs from US think tanks and South Korean intelligence service shows how rapidly North Korea is restoring structures.
Sohae has remained in use for testing engines for missiles able to target the US. It is the main satellite launch facility since 2012. However, provocative ballistic missiles never tested here.
The second talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took place in Hanoi last week. The summit ended without reaching a deal or agreement as both countries failed to agree how far North Korea should commit to giving up its nuclear weapons programme before it gets some sanctions relief.
The Hanoi talks ended without a deal.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton explained that If North Korea is “not willing to do it, then I think President Trump has been very clear”. He further added that North Korea will not get “relief from the crushing economic sanctions that have imposed on them and we’ll look at ramping those sanctions up in fact”.
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