North Korea rocket site is being monitored ‘in real time,’ U.S. official says – NBC News

The U.S. is “watching in real time” developments at a long-range rocket site that North Korea is believed to have rebuilt, a senior State Department official said Thursday.

The Sohae facility has been used in the past for satellite launches which employ similar technology to what is required to fire intercontinental ballistic missiles. It is now back to “normal operating status,” according to new commercial images and analysis from two teams of researchers.

According to the official, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had pledged to dismantle Sohae both at his June summit with President Donald Trump in Singapore, and again during a meeting with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in in September. Kim also said independent inspectors would be allowed to verify compliance on the ground, he said.

“The intent of the North Koreans in this matter is known only to them, we don’t know why they are taking these steps,” the State Department official told reporters. “They need to keep their commitments to the president of the United States.”


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