North Korea Rebuilds Missile Test Site

Pyongyang has reportedly rebuilt structures at the Dongchang-ri missile launch site it had pledged to dismantle after the first Trump-Kim summit last year

South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) said that it detected signs of the North restoring part of the Dongchang-ri missile launch site, Yonhap news agency reported.

“(The North) appears to be putting back a roof and a door (to a Dongchang-ri facility),” the NIS was quoted as saying.

The NIS added that US and South Korean military authorities had run a "thorough" monitoring system to keep track of the North’s nuclear and missile facilities, including its uranium enrichment sites that were apparently brought up in nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

Another report by Beyond Parallel reveals images of the test site. “This renewed activity, taken just two days after the inconclusive Hanoi summit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un, may indicate North Korean plans to demonstrate resolve in the face of US rejection of North Korea’s demands at the summit to lift five UN Security Council sanctions enacted in 2016-2017.

The NIS also said it had detected movements of supply transport vehicles at North Korea’s missile research facilities at Sanumdong, Reuters reported Thursday, citing South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo. Sanumdong is known as the production site of North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-15, which has a range of 13,000 km.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton on Tuesday warned that North Korea will face tougher sanctions if it doesn't scrap its nuclear program. Reuters adds that the breakdown of the Hanoi Summit last week has raised questions about the future of US-North Korea dialogue.