Activity seen at missile plant near Pyongyang

N. Korea may be preparing a missile or space launch NPR

N. Korea may be preparing a missile or space launch NPR

"We have discussed extensively the outlines of the calendar that allow us to do that, and it is doable".

A State Department official told the Wall Street Journal that the USA doesn't know why there were works at the site and noted that the situation is being monitored.

"It is hard to gauge why North Korea is performing this activity now".

"Because that (Sanumdong) facility produces both ICBMs and space rockets, we don't know what's on the train", Melissa Hanham, a North Korea expert with the One Earth Future Foundation, told CNN.

The deal's signing came days after the two countries eliminated their huge springtime military drills and replaced them with smaller training to back diplomatic efforts to strip North Korea of its nuclear weapons.

"Denuclearization, if it happens, is going to be a long and complicated process", he added.

Commercial satellite images of North Korea's rocket facility in Sanumdong suggest that Pyongyang may be preparing to launch a missile or space rocket in a short time, the US-based NPR radio station reported, publishing one of the pictures.

The denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula is still possible in President Donald Trump's first term, a top USA diplomat said, a week after the collapse of the talks with North Korea in Hanoi. Then he said time will determine the future of US efforts to get North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to give up his pursuit of nuclear weapons in exchange for relief from sanctions stalling economic growth.

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"It is definitely possible that it is an intercontinental ballistic missile but I would not say that it is likely". "We're the ones that put it out", Trump said without elaborating.

"Some of that is an accumulation of the issues we have discussed in the course of our discussions over the first three months of this year".

For Town, this represents an "opportunity" for the North Koreans, who "are very aware that this is an unconventional president", seeing as "they didn't have a good track record with the conventional presidents".

"There will necessarily need to be a period of reflection here".

Following the stalemate, researchers said this week that Pyongyang was rebuilding the Sohae long-range rocket site after Kim had agreed previous year to shut it as part of confidence-building measures. Additional work at the stand, such as the construction of a shelter on the entrance ramp, could indicate preparations to test rocket engines again, it said.

Satellite images taken weeks after the first Trump-Kim summit previous year in Singapore had shown the North was taking steps to dismantle the rocket engine test stand and the rail-mounted transfer structure at the launch pad.

On Wednesday, Bolton warned of new sanctions if North Korea did not scrap its weapons program.

"I think the evidence points to a satellite launch, and not just the evidence at Sanumdong, but also the evidence from Sohae". A new satellite launch would be, in the administration's view, "inconsistent with the commitments the North Koreans have made".

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