Satellite images show dismantling of missile test facilities, N. Korea
Work seen as ‘important first step’ after pledge made by Kim Jong-unat at summit with Donald Trump
by TLB Staff
It would appear that North Korea took President Donald Trumps’ visit to heart and are dismantling missile test facilities, according to a Washington D.C. think tank “38 North.” 38 North is (a website) devoted to informed analysis of North Korea.
During the past few weeks exclusive Satellite analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. has shown extensive dismantling. Click here for that analysis and imagery.
Information about this dismantling of Nuke test facilities has been slow and cool to come from MS Media due to Image Control of 38 North and of course God forbid Trump and his team should get any credit for having world class negotiating skills. Staff observation: If Obama had pulled this off it would have been plastered on billboards and been the headline for a 24 hour news cycle on every MSM outlet.
A quick check finally found the story at the NYT and the Guardian. (TLB)
North Korea: satellite images show dismantling of missile test facilities
Work seen as ‘important first step’ after pledge made at summit with Donald Trump
Satellite image shows the apparent dismantling of facilities at the Sohae satellite launching station in North Korea. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
North Korea has taken the first steps towards honouring its commitment to nuclear disarmament by starting to dismantle its main missile-engine test site, according to an analysis of satellite images.
The findings have not yet received official backing from the US or South Korean governments, even though the dismantling would be a huge boost for Donald Trump’s claim that he was right to engage with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, at a historic summit in Singapore in June.
Pictures from the 38 North thinktank show the engine test stand at the Sohae satellite launching station being taken apart. The work started at some point in the past two weeks, after the last visit to North Korea by the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.
North Korea has also started dismantling a rail-mounted building at Sohae where workers assembled space launch vehicles before moving them to the launchpad, according to Joseph Bermudez Jr of 38 North.
His analysis is based on a comparison of satellite photos taken on Friday and Sunday. He claimed they showed North Korea had taken “an important first step toward fulfilling a commitment [towards the denuclearisation pledge]made by Kim Jong-un”.
Trump is badly in need of evidence that his brand of unorthodox diplomacy with some of the US’s most long-established foes can produce results.
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