North Korea reconstructs partial launch site after a failed summit

North Korea

This post was last updated on March 7th, 2019 at 06:37 am

Satellite images show that North Korea has commenced the reconstruction of a rocket launch site, which was nearly dismantled after the first summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, in 2018.

Critics believe that North Korea’s rebellious move is a result of their unsuccessful second summit in Hanoi last week. It has also spurred the fears of inefficacy pertaining to the peace efforts.

The US national security adviser, John Bolton, has forewarned the North Korean leader to either disarm or face sanctions, in addition to the existing ones.

Bolton said “If they’re not willing to do it, then I think President Trump has been very clear. They’re not going to get relief from the crushing economic sanctions that have been imposed on them and we’ll look at ramping those sanctions up in fact.”

In fact, the Hanoi summit was left in the lurch after Trump and Kim failed to close a mutual deal, trading nuclear abandonment for lifting the sanctions.

However, the US officials have claimed a positive progress towards abridging gaps.

On the contrary, the satellite evidences prove that the confidence-building measures, taken by North Korea after the first summit, have now been rendered void. Moreover, an open warning from Bolton hints Trump’s lauded foreign policy accomplishment stands invalid.

First, the South Korean intelligence service issued an alert of construction work at the Sohae satellite launching station. Later, two autonomous research websites released satellite pictures of North Korean technicians rebuilding a mobile structure, which was previously used to set the space launch vehicles in motion on rails to a launchpad and gantry.

Reportedly, a rocket engines testing stand also showed signs of reconstruction.

The latest meeting was not fruitful as Kim rejected Trump’s proposal to discard a phased approach and go big. But, the Trump administration claimed the summit was a success, and both the leaders shared good terms.

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