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North Korea Dismantling Key Missile Test Facility, Report Says

  • 38 North analysis shows rocket, engine site being demolished
  • ‘Significant confidence-building measure’ by Kim Jong Un
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North Korea Dismantling Key Missile Test Facility, Report Says

North Korea has begun to dismantle a key rocket and engine-testing facility, according to an independent analysis of satellite imagery, a move that could bolster nuclear talks with the U.S. amid signs of strain.

North Korean authorities have in recent days started demolishing a building at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station where space-launch vehicles are assembled before launch, according to a report published Monday on the 38 North website. Images from this month also show that a rocket-engine test stand used to develop liquid-fuel engines for ballistic missiles has been removed from the site, located in the country’s northwest.