Satellite images appear to show that North Korea has started to dismantle a key nuclear test site.
The images come more than a month after Kim Jong Un pledged to denuclearize his country following a historic summit with President Donald Trump in Singapore.
The accord did not specifically spell out any times scales for the process or how it would be carried out.
But new satellite images, which have not been verified by outside experts, appear to show the dismantling of facilities at the Sohae satellite launching station.
Sohae has been the main site for North Korea’s satellite launches since 2012.
It is believed to have played a large role in developing the country’s intercontinental ballistic missile program, according to 38North, which released the satellite images.
The new images, which were reportedly taken on July 20 and July 22, appear to show the rail-mounted environmental shelter at the site has been dismantled and moved.
Space launch vehicles were assembled at the shelter – which hadn’t been moved since December 2017 – before they are moved to the launchpad, according to 38North analyst Joseph Bermudez Jr.
The image also appears to show that the test stand superstructure has been completely dismantled and that the base is being removed.
‘The rail-mounted environmental shelter has been razed and removed, the older fuel/oxidizer bunkers are in the process of being razed, and portions of the test stand’s upper steel framework have been dismantled and its paneling removed,’ Bermudez wrote.
‘Two days later fewer vehicles are present and the test stand superstructure has been completely dismantled, leaving only the base, which is also in the process of being removed.’
‘Given the state of activity, work is likely to have begun sometime within the past two weeks.’
The images also appear to show that the dismantling of the old fuel/oxidizer bunkers has also started and is partially demolished.
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Source: Daily Mail