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Jenny Town Comments on North Korea’s Rebuilding of a Rock Launch Site

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North Korea rebuilds rocket launch site, in ominous signal about attitude to talks

TOKYO — North Korea has begun rebuilding a satellite rocket launchpad and engine test site, in an ominous sign about its attitude toward negotiations on denuclearization. 

The rebuilding work at the ­Sohae Satellite Launching Station began between Feb. 16 and March 2, according to satellite imagery, meaning it started either just before or immediately after the breakdown of a summit meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi on Feb. 28.

The site, also known as Tongchang-ri, is billed as a space launch center. North Korea had said it was being dismantled and had promised to allow in international inspectors to verify that process, in a move widely cited as a sign of its good faith.

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