The Chosun Ilbo reports that commercial satellite images have revealed trucks moving what are presumed to be missile components from an assembly facility in the suburbs of Pyongyang to the Tongchang-ri missile test site.
Donald Trump's national security advisor said Sunday that the U.S. president would be "pretty disappointed" if North Korea conducted a new missile test, but he refused to confirm reports that such a test may be near.
When asked by ABC anchor Martha Raddatz whether North Korea understood denuclearization in the same way, Bolton said Trump had "handed Kim Jong Un a piece of paper - actually two pieces of paper, one in English, one in Korean, that laid it out".
"I would rather not get into the specifics on that", he said.
Cho Han-bum at the Korea Institute of National Unification said, "Kim Jong-un resorted to the old slogan to control public sentiment, which has been affected by the continued sanctions".
But after last month's ultimately fruitless summit with the United States, North Korea has started rebuilding a portion of a facility previously used to test long-range missile engines, according to US organizations that monitor the nation.
"The United States government. expends a lot of resources and effort so we don't have to rely on commercial satellite imagery", he said. "We watch it constantly". "And I don't think I will be, but we'll see what happens".
When Raddatz pushed the point to Bolton, he pivoted to criticizing presidents prior to Trump and their handling of America's bilateral relationship with the despotic nation. And one mistake that prior administrations made repeatedly was assuming that the North Koreans would automatically comply when they undertake obligations.
"If North Korea commits to complete denuclearization- including its ballistic missile program and its chemical and biological weapons programs, the prospect of economic progress is there", Bolton said last week. "We see it unblinkingly, and we don't have any illusions about what those are".
"I would be very, very disappointed in Chairman Kim", Trump said on Wednesday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump listen to questions from the media during their one-on-one bilateral meeting at the second North Korea-U.S. summit in the Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam February 28, 2019.