North Korea dismantles missile facilities

North Korea dismantles missile facilities

The move is said to be the dictatorship’s first step towards fulfilling a pledge made to the US President Donald Trump in June.

The satellite images from 20 July showed work had been carried out at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station to dismantle a building used to assemble space-launch vehicles.

Work has also started to dismantle a nearby rocket engine test stand used to develop liquid-fuel engines for ballistic missiles and space-launch vehicles, the 38 North think tank said.

It added in its report Since these facilities are believed to have played an important role in the development of technologies for the North’s intercontinental ballistic missile program, these efforts represent a significant confidence-building measure on the part of North Korea.

The US president told a news conference after the unprecedented 12 June summit that Mr Kim had promised that a major missile engine testing site would be destroyed very soon.

Mr Trump did not specifically identify the site, but a US official subsequently told Reuters that it was Sohae.

The US secretary of state Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang on Friday 6 June to agree the details of a deal made during June’s historic summit.

Relations between the US and North Korea appeared to take a dive as North Korea accused the US of a gangster-like mindset during the high-level negotiations.

The country’s state media later suggested that Mr Kim visted a potato farm when he should have been meeting with Mr Pompeo.

News Source SkyNews

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