Satellite images prove North Korea has started dismantling key facilities at a site used to develop engines for ballistic missiles, according to a Washington-based think tank.
The move is said to be the dictatorship’s first step towards fulfilling a pledge made to the US President Donald Trump in June.
The satellite images from 20 July showed work had been carried out at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station to dismantle a building used to assemble space-launch vehicles.
Work has also started to dismantle a nearby rocket engine test stand used to develop liquid-fuel engines for ballistic missiles and space-launch vehicles, the 38 North think tank said.
It added in its report: “Since these facilities are believed to have played an important role in the development of technologies for the North’s intercontinental ballistic missile program, these efforts represent a significant confidence-building measure on the part of North Korea.”
The US president told a news conference after the unprecedented 12 June summit that Mr Kim had promised that a major missile engine testing site would be destroyed very soon.
Mr Trump did not specifically identify the site, but a US official subsequently told Reuters that it was Sohae.
The US secretary of state Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang on Friday 6 June to agree the details of a deal made during June’s historic summit.