UPDATED 7:28 AM PT — Friday, March 29, 2019
South Korea has warned its northern counterpart has nearly completed work to rebuild a nuclear facility. Early Friday, South Korean officials said work on Pyongyang’s Sohae missile launch site was close to completion.
This comes after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed to dismantle the site during his first summit with President Trump last year. The president left their second summit in Vietnam early after Kim appeared unwilling to commit to complete denuclearization.
South Korea’s intelligence agency said Pyongyang began work on the project just before their second meeting. The agency also said the north still appears to be using its uranium enrichment program.
“The National Intelligence Service reported that the Tongchang-ri missile launch test site was partially torn down last July, but restoration started in February ahead of the North Korea-U.S. summit,” stated Kim Min-ki, South Korea Intelligence Committee member. “Now, restoration is almost complete and repairing is in progress.”
President Trump is set to hold a summit with South Korea’s president in April to discuss a new course of action to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear program.