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PHOTOS: North Korea Rebuilding Sohae Satellite Launching Station Long Range Rocket Site

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US President Donald Trump (R) walks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during a break in talks at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 28, 2019. (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea began the “rapid rebuilding” of the long-range rocket site at Sohae Launch Facility about 48 hours after last week’s Hanoi summit collapsed, according to commercial imagery and analysis from the researchers at Beyond Parallel. They say these launches use technology similar to the kind used for intercontinental ballistic missiles.

“This renewed activity, taken just two days after the inconclusive Hanoi Summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, may indicate North Korean plans to demonstrate resolve in the face of U.S. rejection of North Korea’s demands at the summit to lift five U.N. Security Council sanctions enacted in 2016-2017,” the analysts said.

According to Victor Cha, one of the authors of the report, the activity at the launching station indicates that North Korea will conduct another missile test soon:

“The activity they are undertaking now is consistent with preparations for a test, though the imagery thus far does not show a missile being moved to the launch pad. The activity on the ground shows us that they do have a (nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile) capability that is not just developmental, but in the prototype phase. They’ve already tested a few of these and it looks like they’re preparing the launch pad for another act.”

Commercial satellite imagery shows the progress at the launching facility.

The White House, via Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, declined to comment on the report.

“We don’t comment on intelligence,” Sanders said. “We are continuing to have conversations, as the president has said, we’ll see what happens… Beyond that, I am not going to comment.“

The latest information about North Korea’s activities opened up the Trump administration to criticism, with many saying that President Donald Trump had been fooled by a dangerous autocrat.

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