Report: North Korea Rebuilt Structures at Missile Site

Bolton threatens more sanctions if they don't stop

Reports based on satellite images are claiming that North Korea has made some efforts to rebuilt facilities at a missile launch site that was in the progress of being dismantled after the first Trump-Kim summit.

38 North and CSIS are saying the images show North Korea replaced a roof at one building, and also fixed a broken door at the same site, at the Tongchang-ri launch site.

John Bolton responded to the report with threats for even more “crushing economic sanctions.” It’s not clear that’s even theoretically possible, as the US has already cut North Korea off so far from the world that South Korea can’t even connect a road at the border.

The State Department appeared more realistic, saying that they didn’t think the construction was anything particularly alarming. Though Bolton is always eager to threaten, the reality is that putting a roof on a building or a door on its hinges, probably doesn’t portend new missile tests.

Author: Jason Ditz

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