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Report says images indicate North Korea dismantling test site facilities

Images from a US research group show the apparent progress at the Sohae satellite launching station Images from a US research group show the apparent progress at the Sohae satellite launching station38 North via AP
Patty Aguilar | 24 July, 2018, 13:55

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.

According to satellite images from 38 North released Monday night, key aspects of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station - including the launch pad - are being dismantled.

However, as The Associated Press notes, "Other analysts say such steps wouldn't diminish North Korea's military capabilities or represent a genuine step toward denuclearization".

The dismantlement at Sohae Satellite Launching Station, located near the Chinese border and about two hours' drive from North Korea's major facility for producing nuclear bomb fuel, serves as the sole example of North Korea's willingness to work with the Trump Administration since the landmark summit in Singapore on June 12.

"A Rocket has not been launched by North Korea in 9 months".

But the deal was criticised for a lack of details on when or how Pyongyang would renounce its nuclear weapons. "Japan is happy, all of Asia is happy", he said.

"We may see progress in North Korea's denuclearization". But the Fake News is saying, without ever asking me (always anonymous sources), that I am angry because it is not going fast enough.

Town said that while dismantlement was "absolutely" reversible and "clearly isn't going to affect North Korea's core capabilities", it had implications for the negotiating process with the US, which had hit a wall in recent weeks.

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Images indicate North Korea dismantling test site facilities
The North Koreans have started taking apart the engine test stand at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, said Joseph S. The North, however, kept USA defense officials waiting for three hours before calling to cancel, the diplomats said.

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

"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. A binding treaty to end the Korean War, which was resolved with an armistice agreement, would likely require extensive negotiations with multiple countries, as well as the approval of two-thirds of the U.S. Senate.

Just last week, President Trump said he was "very happy" with how talks were progressing with North Korea.

Brooks noted it has been nearly a year since the country's latest nuclear test, saying "it has been 235 days without provocation".

China's behavior runs against sanctions passed by the U.N. Security Council last December that prohibit companies from doing business with the North Korean regime.

Satellite images of the Sohae station seen by US-based monitoring group 38 North suggest Pyongyang is complying with a promise made to the USA in June.

After talks between the US and North Korea hit a speed bump earlier this month, the North Korean foreign ministry signaled that it may halt negotiations pertaining to its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development programs.

Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in California, said Monday that the dismantling is "a good move" but called it "the bare minimum that can be done at the site".

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