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North Korea initiates dismantling of its largest missile development base

Satellite image analysis shows progress in one of Kim Jong-UN's commitments he acquired with Trump in Singapore

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North Korea initiates dismantling of its largest missile development base

North Korea is in process of dismantling one of its largest aerospace facilities, a complex that has been key to development and testing of engines of its ballistic missiles. It is conclusion reached by experts of specialized page 38North from analysis of new photographs by satellite taken on site in last days. It is, according to this review, "an important first step" towards fulfillment of what Kim Jong-un pacted with Donald Trump at its summit on June 12 in Singapore.

The images of Sohae complex, formally built as a satellite launch station and located in northwest of country, are from 20th and 22nd of July. They see a crane and several large vehicles, as well as partial destruction of some of blocks of complex. Among m is a building, mounted on rails, where rockets were assembled before being transferred to launching platform or test stand of ir engines, according to analyst of 38North Joseph Bermudez.

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From this base, North Korean regime developed technology needed to send rockets into space and manufacture engines for its intercontinental-scope ballistic missiles, key in its nuclear weapons program. In 2012 and 2016, Pyongyang launched from re two rockets whose objective was officially to put two satellites into orbit in space. The international community, however, interpreted it in both cases as covert evidence of a long-range ballistic missile and thus imposed new economic sanctions on regime.

US President Donald Trump said after summit with Kim Jong-un that North Korean leader had specifically pledged to dismantle "pronto" a ballistic missile base. It was later confirmed that it was Sohae. The analysis of 38North, a Web page specializing in North Korea that is affiliated with Center for American Studies Stimson Center, does not detail wher it is a superficial or definitive dismantling and specifies that works would have begun, as Maximus, two weeks ago.

"Bearing in mind that se facilities are believed to have played an important role in development of technologies for North intercontinental ballistic missile programme, se efforts represent an important measure of promoting Confidence on part of North Korea, " text says. In May, Pyongyang destroyed its nuclear testing facility at Punggye-RI, where it had detonated six atomic bombs. The process was carried out with international journalists as a witness, but without inspection of foreign experts on subject.

This new breakthrough in anor key facility for North Korean nuclear program comes amidst a complicated negotiation between Pyongyang and Washington to achieve " denuclearization of Korean peninsula", base agreement agreed at meeting in Singapore, A meeting that, beyond its enormous symbolism, was scarce in detail as to timetable and actions to be carried out by both parties. Or subsequent meetings have highlighted huge differences that still exist on what each side understands by denuclearization: United States reiterates that North Korea must destroy its nuclear facilities and deliver its entire atomic arsenal, While Pyongyang has not yet shown clues as to wher it will and on what terms.

Trump denied this Monday through Twitter that he was disappointed by slow march of conversations. "No rocket has been launched by North Korea in nine months. Similarly, re has also been no nuclear test. Japan is happy, all Asia is happy. But Fake News is saying, without ever asking (always with anonymous sources), that I am angry because [ negotiating process] does not advance fast enough. Wrong, I'm very happy! "he assured.

A Rocket has not been launched by North Korea in 9 months. Likewise, not Nuclear tests. Japan is happy, all of Asia is happy. But Fake News is saying, without ever asking me (always anonymous sources), that I am angry because it is not going fast enough. Wrong, very happy!

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