After his summit with dictator Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, President Trump indicated the North Koreans are dismantling another facility important to their development of nuclear missiles following the purported shutdown of the Punggye-ri nuclear bomb testing site.
Analysts believe this was a reference to the missile engine testing site at Kusong, which appears to be undergoing demolition based on satellite imagery.
North Korean watchdog site 38 North reported last week that the Iha-ri Driver Training and Test Facility, as it is formally known, was the only known facility for testing the launch system for Pyongyang’s latest generation of land-based long-range ballistic missiles.
Based on satellite images, demolition began in May, a few weeks after Kim Jong-un announced the suspension of ballistic missile and nuclear testing.
CBS News reported on Monday that U.S. intelligence agencies wish to inspect roughly 100 sites to verify that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile research programs have been fully shut down.