North Korea restoring Sohae rocket launch site

New satellite images of North Korea recommend it is rebuilding a rocket launch site it had pledged to dismantle, say analysts.

Sohae has been North Korea’s main satellite launch facility since 2012. It has also been utilized for testing engines for missiles capable of reaching the US.

The Tongchang-ri site has been used for satellite launches and engine testing, never for ballistic missile launches.

Work to dismantle it started last year but halted as the US talks stalled.

If North Korea did go further than restoring a rocket test stand, and broke its pledge to prevent testing missiles, it would risk the wrath of an unpredictable US president.

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