North Korea is delivering on some of the promises made by its leader Kim Jong-un in his much publicised meeting with the US President Donald Trump.The authorities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) have begun to disassemble key facilities in the West of the country used for launching Inter-continental Ballistic Missiles in the past. The US establishment had mixed emotions towards this latest development. But this first step towards denuclearisation of North is at least better than nothing.
The facilities in question are Sohae’s range ground that is not far from the border with China. US observers have analysed Satellite imagery to verify that North Korea is demolishing the test rig for lang-range missiles. It was considered a major threat to the security of most of mainland USA.
The rail-mounted transfer-processing structure had been partially dismantled by July 22, a caption to one of the photos says.
South Korea welcomed the news of unlikely initiative by North Korea to dismantle key facilities at Sohae launch site. “This is likely to have a positive effect on the denuclearization problem. This is better than nothing, I believe that the North is moving towards denuclearization step by step,” a senior official at the administration of the South Korean President said.
DPRK leader Kim Jong-un had promised US President Donald Tramp to destroy the Sohae range during their historical meeting in Singapore on June 12.
The Sohae test site, also referred to as the satellite launching station, is situated 200 km north-west of Pyongyang and 70 km west of the large nuclear center in Yongbyon. The Sohae site was used to test the Hwasong-15 intercontinental missile, which, according to North Korean officials, was capable of carrying an extra-large nuclear warhead.