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North Korea restoring missile station

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/06/19, 11:33 am

North Korea has started to rebuild a long-range rocket launch site it promised to destroy last year at the first summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korea and foreign experts said Tuesday. Construction work is ongoing at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station at Tongchang-ri, which the regime previously had partially destroyed, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service reported Tuesday, according to the South Korean Yonhap News Agency.

Satellite imagery showed the rebuilding began sometime between Feb. 16 and March 2, according to a report from 38 North, a U.S.-based group that studies North Korea. The group said North Korea restored walls on one building and put new roofs on others. The images indicated “rapid rebuilding” of the site, the Center for Strategic and International Studies said, adding, “This facility has been dormant since August 2018, indicating the current activity is deliberate and purposeful.”

Last week, Trump and Kim met in Vietnam for a second denuclearization summit but failed to reach an agreement. In a Tuesday interview with the Fox Business Network, national security adviser John Bolton said the Trump administration would consider ramping up sanctions on North Korea if the country remained unwilling to relinquish its nuclear weapons.


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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Wed, 03/06/2019 12:22 pm

    I'm not surprised. 

    Our Dems and the mean-stream media have done everything they can to throw cogs in Trumps attempts to make peace with N. Korea. Dems do NOT want Trump to succeed. S. Korea will not forgive past offences. The mean-stream media has made fun of Kim. What can we expect?

    N. Korea meets with China all the time. China is not our friend. Just like muslim countries, we have given them our all and they are just bidding time. 

    Russia is in cahoots with China. Dems and the mean-stream media have done everything in their power to humiliate Russia and blame them for everything. Trump cannot make peace with Russia because he has been accused of being in with Russia.

    And it will all be blamed on Trump. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 03/06/2019 11:01 pm

    Hmmm...

    How many times did Obama, Bush II, Clinton, Bush I, Reagan etc. meet with North Korean presidents?

    I still call this progress. You call it whatever you feel like. 

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