North Korea Said to Be Rebuilding Structures at Rocket Site

John Bolton claims North Korea summit was not a failure

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (March 6) he would be "very, very disappointed" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if reports that work is underway to rebuild a long-range rocket site are confirmed. "We're the one's that put it out, but I would be very, very disappointed in Chairman Kim", Trump said.

The North began work to dismantle a missile engine test stand at Sohae past year after pledging to do so in a first summit with Trump in June.

"Aside from the fact that (North Korea) has never tested an ICBM from Sohae - it's a space vehicle launch site - preparation for any launch would require a wide range of activities not observed in the imagery", Wit said.

Satellite images seen by 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea project, showed that structures on the Sohae launch pad had been rebuilt sometime between February 16 and March 2, the project's Jenny Town told Reuters. And I don't think I will be, but we'll see what happens.

Two Washington-based groups that follow North Korea say some structures at the launch site have been rebuilt in the past three weeks.

The rail-mounted transfer building now boasts restored walls and a repaired roof that appears slightly higher than the previous enclosure, while the support structure at the engine test stand has been reassembled, with new roofs for the fuel and oxidizer buildings.

Speaking at a news conference after meeting with Abe, Sakie Yokota, the 83-year-old mother of Megumi Yokota, who was abducted at age 13 in 1977, said she is not sure when Abe will meet with Kim but she is hoping an "exchange of words between the Japanese and North Korean leaders" will take place.

The nuclear reactor that is believed to have supplied much of the plutonium for North Korea's nuclear weapons appears to have been shut down for the past three months, the United Nations atomic watchdog said on Monday, without suggesting why.

Recently, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano reported that North Korea's Yongbyon uranium enrichment site is still active.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton reiterated on Tuesday that North Korea will not "get relief from the crushing economic sanctions that have been imposed on them" unless they dismantle their nuclear weapons program and "everything associated with it". After several failures, North Korea successfully launched a satellite from the site in 2012. North Korea had another successful satellite launch in 2016. "The U.S. government believes there are at least two additional enrichment (facilities)", he said. This could suggest that North Korea acknowledged that the Tongchang-ri site is a nuclear-related facility.

North Korea says its satellite program is peaceful.

A statement issued by Kim and Moon categorized the steps as parts of a broader goal to make the Korean Peninsula free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat.

But many outside experts say ballistic missiles and rockets used in satellite launches share similar bodies, engines and other technology.

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