Satellite images show possible missile construction in North Korea

Saul Bowman
March 10, 2019

When asked Thursday if he was disappointed about the news, Trump said, "We'll see".

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un each left the Hanoi summit last week empty-handed, after the North Korean leader failed to persuade Trump to fulfil his part of the deal and remove at least some of the sanctions. Unless re-elected, Trump's term will end in January 2021.

Officials from Japan, South Korea and the United States dealing with the North Korean nuclear weapons problem held talks recently in Washington.

The senior State Department official who briefed reporters on Thursday said the United States was keen to resume talks as soon as possible, but North Korea's negotiators needed to be given more latitude than they were given ahead of the summit. In fact, the North Koreans practically clung on to Trump's trouser legs as he was packing his bags and offered to expand the scope of facilities they could scrap at Yongbyon.

The documentary shows a smiling Kim talking with Trump while walking together inside a Hanoi hotel last week.

South Korea's presidential office and defense ministry declined to confirm the Sanumdong reports and the U.S. State Department said it could not comment on intelligence matters.

Following the stalemate in Hanoi, researchers said this week that Pyongyang had started rebuilding the Sohae long-range rocket site after Kim had agreed previous year to shut it as part of confidence-building measures.

Meanwhile, 38 North, a website specializing in North Korea studies, said commercial satellite imagery indicates the rebuilding started between February 16 and March 2.

Trump's comments came after two USA think tanks and Seoul's spy agency said this week that North Korea was rebuilding a rocket launch site at Sohae in the west of the country.

"Let's see what happens, but I would be very disappointed if I saw testing".

Nikkei Asian Review, which has obtained the report, reported Friday that this is the first time the panel has detailed North Korea's illicit cryptocurrency activities.

"We have a lot of ways of getting information", he said.

Satellite launches use similar technology as ballistic missiles, and experts have long warned that North Korea's attempts to shoot satellites into space could help them develop viable long-range ballistic missiles. "We'll see when that might be scheduled or how it might work out", Mr Bolton said in an interview with Fox News.

Meanwhile, a US -based think tank has said it appears the North is rebuilding its ballistic missile test facility, which it had partially dismantled.

He said North Korea has never tested an ICBM at Sohae.

Activity has been spotted at the missile assembly site.

The documentary called the Kim-Trump summit "yet another meaningful incident on the issue of world peace". Biegun, the USA envoy to North Korea, gave members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a classified update Tuesday afternoon on Capitol Hill. "This poses challenges for the USA goal of final, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization". But he added: "The differences have been narrowed".

He said it was impossible to know if North Korea was preparing a military missile or a space rocket.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech during a ceremony celebrating the 100th anniversary of the March First Independence Movement against Japanese colonial rule, in central Seoul, South Korea, March 1, 2019.

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