North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un has reportedly started dismantling key launching facilities in response to the June 12 Singapore Summit where he and President Donald Trump discussed denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
Satellite images from July 20 and July 22 show that the North Koreans have begun dismantling facilities at their Sohae Satellite Launching Station, which experts believe played a major role in their development of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
38 North reports that the “roof and supporting structure” of a “rail-mounted processing/transfer structure” have been partially removed as “numerous vehicles are present—including a large construction crane.”
The report states that “considerable progress has been made in dismantling the rail-mounted processing/transfer structure.”
The North Koreans have also reportedly started to dismantle a vertical engine test stand. 38 North adds:
The rail-mounted environmental shelter—which hadn’t been moved since December 2017—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.
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.
Before the report was published, President Trump tweeted early on Monday about the decreased weapons testing by North Korea.
“A Rocket has not been launched by North Korea in 9 months,” Trump tweeted. “Likewise, no Nuclear Tests. Japan is happy, all of Asia is happy. But the Fake News is saying, without ever asking me (always anonymous sources), that I am angry because it is not going fast enough. Wrong, very happy!”