Monday 25 March 2019

Satellites point to N Korea rocket test

Kim Jong Nam had been living abroad but could have been seen as a threat to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, pictured with President Donald Trump at a recent meeting in Vietnam
Kim Jong Nam had been living abroad but could have been seen as a threat to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, pictured with President Donald Trump at a recent meeting in Vietnam

Julian Ryall

North Korea appears poised to conduct new missile or rockets tests after satellite imagery showed renewed activity at a missile factory and a known launch site.

The threat of renewed tests emerged amid reports of minor acts of defiance against the North Korean regime ahead of sham elections today for deputies for all 687 seats in the Supreme People's Assembly.

The vote is for the 14th Supreme People's Assembly and delegates will serve five-year terms.

Each constituency has a single candidate who has been approved by the Workers' Party of Korea. There are no opposition candidates.

The acts of defiance, including sporadic outbreaks of graffiti critical of the government in the city of Chongjin and other locations in North Hamgyong Province, emerged as rumours of the failed Hanoi summit with Donald Trump filtered into the country.

North Korean state media has made no mention of the outcome of the talks, claiming instead that the two men left Vietnam on good terms and determined to meet again in the near future.

But despite a nationwide crackdown against anyone attempting to communicate beyond the North's borders, dissident groups said the authorities had been powerless to block news that the talks collapsed without Kim winning concessions on the punitive economic sanctions that are strangling his regime.

The satellite images, which were released to the US's National Public Radio yesterday, also showed activity at North Korea's Sohae site which has been the scene of satellite launches in recent years.

Trump said last Friday that he would be disappointed if Pyongyang were to resume weapons testing and reiterated his belief in his good relationship with Kim despite the collapse last week of their second summit.

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