North Korea holds election as Kim vows to rebuild economy

Satellite images reveal activity at second North Korean launch site

Satellite images reveal activity at second North Korean launch site

Kim also participated at a polling station at Kim Chaek University of Technology in Pyongyang after arriving there at 11 a.m., the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

On Friday, the website of NPR posted a satellite image that the public broadcaster said showed intense activity around the North's Sanumdong site, where missiles and satellite-launching rockets have previously been assembled.

National security adviser John Bolton on Sunday refused to comment on commercial satellite images appearing to show the reconstruction of a long-range rocket launch site in North Korea. "Well, I think there will be", she added.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed past year to shutter the Sohae site at a summit with the South's President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang.

The Sohae Satellite Launching Station launch pad features what researchers of Beyond Parallel, a CSIS project, describe as showing the partially rebuilt rail-mounted rocket transfer structure in a commercial satellite image taken over Tongchang-ri, North Korea on March 2, 2019 and released March 5, 2019.

At the time, Biegun said the USA was interested "in a roadmap of working-level negotiations" which would focus primarily on the elimination of facilities in North Korea's nuclear sector.

The second Trump-Kim summit on February 27-28 ended without a deal as they played hardball over the scope of Washington's sanctions relief and Pyongyang's denuclearization. I don't really think it broke down.

Bolton said he was "not aware of any" contact with the North since the Hanoi summit but was expecting an update Monday from his South Korean counterpart.




"The president said repeatedly that he feels the absence of nuclear tests, the absence of ballistic missile launches is a positive sign".

"The president has been clear on that and that is a position around which the USA government has complete unity".

"The door remains open" for further negotiations, he said, adding, however, that "the North Koreans have to be fully invested".

The Yongbyon complex is a critical part of North Korea's nuclear program, but the country is believed to maintain missiles, warheads and enrichment facilities in other areas as well.

Washington wants what administration officials have called a "big deal", with the complete elimination of weapons of mass destruction in return for the dropping of sanctions that have strangled the isolated North's economy.

Bolton said that it would be a mistake to fall "for the North Korean action for action ploy" because it doesn't work.

If North Korea is unwilling to, said Bolton, Trump has made clear that "they're not going to get relief from the crushing economic sanctions that have been imposed on them, and we'll look at ramping those sanctions up, in fact".

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