Less than a week after President Donald Trump’s second summit with Kim Jong Un in Vietnam, South Korean intelligence officials report they have seen indications that North Korea is actively working at nuclear sites the country agreed to dismantle.
According to The Hill, it is unclear whether the activity at the sites was detected before or after the summit, but Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday that “workers could be seen replacing a roof and installing a new door at the Tongchang-ri nuclear launch site.”
After Trump’s first meeting with Kim last year, North Korean officials pledge to begin dismantling the Tongchang-ri launch site, Reuters reported.
Though the country began efforts to dismantle the site last year, those efforts were stalled within just a month. After the fact, Kim reportedly assured South Korean President Moon Jae-in that the efforts would continue.
But The Hill noted that Pyongyang indicated late last year that the dismantling of Tongchang-ri and other facilities could be not only halted but reversed if the Trump administration did not agree to lift economic sanctions on North Korea — a step Trump refused at the summit last week.
"If the U.S. keeps behaving arrogantly without showing any change in its stand, while failing to properly understand our repeated demand,” North Korea’s foreign minister reportedly said last year, “the DPRK may add one thing to the state policy for directing all efforts to the economic construction adopted in April and as a result, the word 'pyongjin' may appear again.”