North Korea has begun dismantling the facilities at the satellite launch station in Sohae, according to an analysis of commercial satellite imagery released on the 38 North website.
The Sohae location has been the main site for North Korean satellite launches since 2012. The testing facilities at the site are thought to play a role in the development of liquid-fuel engines that can also be used in North Korea’s ballistic missile program.
If the analysis of the satellite imagery is accurate, North Korea may be taking a small but significant step toward the disarmament that was agreed upon by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump during a landmark meeting in Singapore on June 12.
After that summit, Trump said Kim had pledged to dismantle a missile site. U.S. officials later confirmed that the site that the U.S. president was referring to was Sohae.
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