Satellite Images Suggest Activity at N Korean Rocket Facility

The Associated Press

North Korea's state media earlier acknowledged for the first time the collapse of the high-stakes summit, which was supposed to build on the leaders' historic first meeting in Singapore a year ago.

North Korea's state media had initially responded to the failure of the Hanoi summit with a relatively upbeat stance, presenting the talks as having made progress, and predicting more to come in future negotiations.

The pictures are of a site known as Sanumdong - a facility where North Korea has assembled some of its intercontinental ballistic missiles and satellite-launching rockets, United States broadcaster NPR reports.

US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un hold a meeting during the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 28, 2019.

It comes after reports earlier this week that North Korea's main rocket launch site at Sohae had been rebuilt.

North Korean media have given conflicting signals on US relations, while appearing to target Bolton as a spoiler.

Following President Donald Trump's stalemate talks with Kim Jong-Un, it appears North Korea may be preparing to launch a missile or rocket some time soon.

"If they're not willing to do it, President Trump has been very clear they're not getting relief from the crushing economic sanctions that have been imposed on them", Bolton told the Fox Business Network.

The Chosun Ilbo newspaper has also reported that South Korea's National Intelligence Service told lawmakers that it detected signs of North Korea restoring part of the Tongchang-ri missile launch site it tore down in July.

The failed summit was a blow for Moon, who had hoped US sanctions relief would boost South-North projects including a factory park, tourism zone and railway network.

Satellite images of a facility near Pyongyang suggest that North Korea may be preparing to launch a missile or a satellite.

South Korea's weather agency says a small natural disaster detected in North Korea was likely caused by a mining operation.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has said it was Seoul's "outmost priority" to prevent nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang from derailing, nominated a dovish scholar as his new point-man on North Korea on Friday in an apparent effort to push further his engagement policy with the North. "There is no reason for him to be there other than to have nuclear weapons".

The 2.1-magnitude quake struck in the mining town of Pyonggang - near the North's border with South Korea - at about noon on Thursday, local time (3am GMT).

This week's satellite images, coming from several U.S. think tanks and testimony from the South Korean intelligence service, appear to show rapid progress has been made in rebuilding structures on the rocket launch pad. The engine support structure at the engine test stand is also being reassembled, while new roofs have been installed on the fuel and oxidizer buildings.

The U.S.is aware of the images but hasn't drawn the same conclusions as experts, a senior official at the U.S. State Department said March 8.

USA officials have said Washington believes the "final, fully verified denuclearisation" of North Korea is still possible by the end of Trump's first term.

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