North Korea Reportedly Rebuilding Rocket Launch Site Days After Trump Accepted Kim’s Promise to End Testing
Multiple outlets are reporting that North Korea has started rebuilding a satellite rocket launchpad and engine test site Tongchang-ri, which North Korea refers to as a “space launch center.”
This report comes just days after President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un cut short a highly anticipated summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. In a press conference that followed that failed summit, Trump proclaimed he believed Kim’s promise to continue to cease the rocket testing.
Mika Brzezinski shared this report and included the potentially embarrassing press conference moment in which Trump admitted his trust in the North Korean leader saying “ Kim promised me last night, regardless, he won’t do testing of rockets and nuclear, not doing testing. So, you know, I trust him. I take him at his word. I hope that’s true.”
As the Washington Post put plainly, this development is “an ominous sign about (North Korea’s) attitude toward negotiations on denuclearization.” The rebuilding of a launch site could be used for a number of things, and some have suggested that the North Koreans may claim that this is solely for peaceful space exploration.
But North Korean rhetoric on nuclear testing has a spotty track record and this development is one that will sure to be tracked closely in the coming weeks and months.
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