Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

North Korea begins dismantling Sohae Satellite Launching Station: 38 North

North Korea begins dismantling Sohae Satellite Launching Station: 38 North

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

"Unless they dismantle the whole site, it will remain North Korea's premier location for space launches", Hanham said on Twitter.

According to Yonhap, Nam Gwan-pyo, deputy director of the South's national security office, said: "It's better than doing nothing".

Asked about the analysis, the U.S. State Department declined to comment.

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

Satellite imagery shows North Korea is dismantling a key site used in its ICBM and space program.

The North suspended long-range missile tests and blew up its main nuclear testing site as goodwill gestures.

The Sohae dismantlement, however, appeared to be something different, potentially able to inject fresh momentum into the denuclearization process.

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"In fact, I think all of the indicators are trending in the wrong direction".

Joel Wit, founder of 38 North and former State Department official, said numerous facilities that are being razed are relatively new and have only been in place within the last two years.

"This was done unilaterally", Town said.

"This gives momentum for negotiations to continue", Town added.

A report in The Washington Post at the weekend said that, despite positive assessments Trump has given on progress with North Korea, he has vented anger at aides over a lack of immediate progress. "Likewise, no Nuclear Tests. Japan is happy, all of Asia is happy", he tweeted earlier in the day.

"T$3 he Fake News is saying, without ever asking me (always anonymous sources), that I am angry because it is not going fast enough", he wrote.

Kim told both Mr. Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in that "he was prepared to denuclearize", Pompeo said. 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.

Last Friday in NY, a high-level South Korean official who spoke on the condition of anonymity made a decision to convey that hope to reporters - just as Pompeo highlighted in a different news conference that all United Nations member-states unanimously agreed to fully enforce sanctions on the North.

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"However, the global 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.

The rare show of discrepancy between the allies came at an unusually sensitive time between the South and North, after North Korean media excruciated South Korean authorities for what it said was kowtowing to the US on inter-Korean issues.

The move is expected to serve as an impetus in North Korea's denuclearization talks with the USA that appeared to have been stalled in the past weeks.

Fox News senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) on the push for North Korea to dismantle its nuclear program. "There has to be a fundamental change in the political relationship to really get down that road".

Media reports in recent days also claimed that Trump was frustrated by the lack of progress made by North Korea in its denuclearization efforts, the New York Times reported.

"It's a good confidence-building measure, but it is a far cry from any real step towards disarmament". The move comes amid talks with the USA over how much Seoul should pay for its own defense.

Decades-old remains that North Korea has handed over in the past have not always been identifiable as US troops.

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