United States seeks access to inspect rebuilt North Korean missile launch-site


US President Donald Trump said on March 8 he would be disappointed if Pyongyang were to resume weapons testing and reiterated his belief in his good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un despite the collapse last week of their second summit.

The Republican president's comments come after a second summit between him and Kim collapsed last week over differences on US demands for denuclearization and North Korea's demand for sanctions relief.

"The public at home and overseas that had hoped for success and good results from the second DPRK-U.S. summit in Hanoi are feeling regretful, blaming the U.S. for the summit that ended without an agreement", Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, said in a commentary.

Trump said Wednesday he'd be very disappointed in Kim if reports are accurate that North Korea has begun rebuilding a separate missile test site it dismantled a year ago.

The president's decision to leave without even a vague agreement was especially notable in light of his boasting about his personal relationship with Kim.

A historic first meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim in 2018 in Singapore produced a vaguely worded agreement on "denuclearisation" but little progress.

For Town, this represents an "opportunity" for the North Koreans, who "are very aware that this is an unconventional president", seeing as "they didn't have a good track record with the conventional presidents".

The official added, however, that it would represent backsliding by North Korea if the regime was to start using the facility again in any capacity because they had agreed to dismantle it.

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"Our map data shows the locations of mines across North Korea, and we also detected soundwaves, proving that this quake was caused by an explosion, " he said.

In the United States have become satellite images made public, according to opinion of some experts in the near future, the imminent Test of an Intercontinental ballistic missile or a space rocket in North Korea.

"Look, when I came in", he said, "under the Obama administration, North Korea was a disaster".

"Only steps over the time that progressively put more things the North Koreans want on the table - like sanctions relief and progress toward political normalization - have a chance of giving Washington the leverage it needs to press for concrete North Korean steps in return on denuclearization", said Mintaro Oba, a former U.S. State Department official who worked on North Korean issues.

She said the images are more likely connected to a satellite launch than any military missile activity.

President Moon Jae-in has replaced his unification minister who played a major role in last year's detente with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), his office said on Friday, and named a longtime confidant to lead Moon's drive for "a new Korean peninsula". The footage also shows Kim visiting the North Korean Embassy where some embassy officials and their family members skipped and wept with emotions before they took a group photo with the backdrop of a huge picture of Kim's late father and grandfather.

With no deal between the two nations looking likely, the USA delegation left early - later insisting further talks could be thrashed out.