North Korea is dismantling missile facilities, but nuclear expert warns against getting 'drunk on optimism'

ABC News | 7/24/2018 | Staff
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North Korea is dismantling missile facilities, but nuclear expert warns against getting 'drunk on optimism'

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The think tank 38 North has obtained satellite images that they say show North Korea has begun dismantling key facilities at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, which is used to develop engines for ballistic missiles.

38 North report key facts:

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It is good news, nuclear expert and MIT Associate Professor Vipin Narang has told PM, "but there are a couple of caveats."

It has taken five weeks for the process to start since the historic summit took place between US President Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong-un.

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And the steps taken by North Korea so far are all reversible, says Dr Narang.

"They've removed the super-structure on the static engine test site, but they've kept the concrete, as far as we know," he said.

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He says if that's all they do, it can be easily rebuilt, and the same is true of the space launch vehicle facility.

The statement details the two leaders' plans to cooperate on denuclearisation and peace on the Peninsula.

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'A far cry from any real step towards disarmament'

Dr Narang says the North Koreans might not even need the Sohae facility to produce the ICBMs and the engines required for long-range missiles, because they may have already perfected them.


"If they've already conducted all the tests they need to, then it really doesn't cost them very much," he said.

"They like pop-up sites and mobile test sites, so it may be that they've just taken steps they would have taken anyway," he said.

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No work has been reported at any of the other sites so far, which include the Chamjin Machine Factory test stand, Iha-ri Driver Training and Test...
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