Satellite images show North Korea has begun dismantling key test site

N. Korea dismantling rocket test site as Trump’s rants over reports he loathes lack of progress

North Korea has begun dismantling what are believed to be key facilities in its intercontinental ballistic missile program, according to monitoring group 38 North.

Most notably, these include the rail-mounted processing building-where space launch vehicles are assembled before moving them to the launch pad-and the nearby rocket engine test stand used to develop liquid-fuel engines for ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles, the 38 North said.

North Korea has begun dismantling key facilities at an important rocket launching site on the northwest coast of the country, a US monitor said Monday, based on its analysis of satellite images.

If it's dismantled, that could be a significant step toward denuclearization in North Korea.

Many experts speculated that it was this desire for growth that drew Kim to the negotiating table with President Donald Trump in June after the crippling economic effects of United States and UN sanctions began to bite.

The US Department of State, with the US Department of the Treasury and the US Department of Homeland Security, issuing this advisory to highlight the sanctions evasion tactics used by North Korea that could expose businesses - including manufacturers, buyers, and service providers - to sanctions compliance risks under USA or United Nations sanctions authorities.

Following the talks, Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley reasserted Washington's position, telling reporters: "We can't do one thing until we see North Korea respond to their promise to denuclearise".

Pompeo conceded that there was an "awful long way to go" with North Korea but in answer to a question, said the US goal was for North Korea's complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation by the end of Trump's current term in office, which runs until January 2021, and "more quickly if possible".

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Analysts said it could mark an effort by Mr Kim to show that progress is being made on disarmament after he met Mr Trump in Singapore last month.

The dismantling of the missile site, if true, would be "entirely consistent" with what the North Koreans agreed to at the summit, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

Sohae, on the northwest coast of North Korea, has been used to test rockets, with the aim of putting a satellite into orbit.

On Tuesday, Trump told the Veterans of Foreign Wars group that he was hopeful the question of repatriating the remains of U.S. troops killed during the Korean War would be addressed shortly.

"I hope that, very soon, these fallen warriors will begin coming home to lay at rest in American soil", said Trump. -North Korea summit on June 12.

Seoul's defence ministry said Tuesday it was considering withdrawing some troops from the border Demilitarized Zone on a trial basis - a move which could expand into a gradual pull-out.

"They understand that the pressure campaign against the DPRK, including the continued enforcement of sanctions, is an imperative for the world to successfully succeed in denuclearizing North Korea", he continued.

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