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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea starts dismantling main rocket test site, report says

Website 38 North says Kim has taken 'first step' to fulfilling pledge to Trump

This satellite image taken on July 22 appears to show North Korea's Sohae Satellite Launching Station in the process of being dismantled. (Airbus Defense and Space and 38 North)

North Korea has begun dismantling key facilities at its primary rocket testing site in Sohae, the U.S.-based website 38 North reported, describing the work as leader Kim Jong Un's first step toward fulfilling a pledge to U.S. President Donald Trump.

38 North, which monitors North Korean affairs, analyzed commercial satellite images taken last Friday and Sunday of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, the regime's main launch complex since 2012. Some images appear to show a rail-mounted processing building being dismantled. This was where launch vehicles were assembled before being moved to the launchpad.

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