Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Drop in North Korean Fuel Prices Suggests Sanctions Violations

Drop in North Korean Fuel Prices Suggests Sanctions Violations

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Pyongyang recently with North Korean officials to try advance discussions, but there appeared to be little progress.

38 North said satellite images from Friday showed the roof and supporting structure partially removed from the rail-mounted processing structure for the launch pad and numerous vehicles were present, including a large crane.

"Since these facilities are believed to have played an important role in the development of technologies for the North's intercontinental ballistic missile program, these efforts represent a significant confidence-building measure on the part of North Korea", the monitoring group said in their report.

Bermudez said the satellite images indicate that Pyongyang took "an important first step toward fulfilling a commitment made by Kim Jong-un".

President Trump on Monday asserted that he's "very happy" with progress toward ridding North Korea of nuclear weapons, despite the stiff resistance that USA officials have faced from the regime in the weeks since Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un.

"There is a need to look into the intentions of North Korea over whether it is attempting to pace the process of dismantlement".

As he did Monday, Trump has publicly professed satisfaction at the pace of negotiations with North Korea, saying last week there was "no rush" in completing talks with Pyongyang because US and United Nations economic sanctions against North Korea remain in place.

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According to 38 North, a news website that provides analysis on North Korea, satellite imagery from July 20 and July 22 shows the regime has begun dismantling infrastructure at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in the country's northeast. "Likewise, no Nuclear Tests".

Officials estimate the work started in the last two weeks. He pointed out the communist state hasn't conducted a missile test in months.

According to Yonhap, Nam Gwan-pyo, deputy director of the South's national security office, said: "It's better than doing nothing". "Japan is happy, all of Asia is happy", the United States leader wrote.

Mount said in an email that North Korea still has not dismantled centers that produce or store nuclear or missile systems or transportation for the missiles.

South Korea's central bank said North Korea's gross domestic product shrank 3.5 percent a year ago, marking the biggest decline since 1997, citing worldwide sanctions and drought. In December 2012, the North launched a rocket, ostensibly called a space launch vehicle, from the site that overflew Okinawa and crashed in the ocean some 300 km off the Philippines. "I think in the end the North Koreans will turn over the majority of the remains that they have - but it will have a price".

Following the Singapore Summit between Kim Jong Un and Trump, the two released a joint statement that contained weak and vague language around denuclearization, much to the dismay of North Korea watchers hoping for concrete action.

"The fact of the matter is that previous year, on President Trump's watch, North Korea made significant advances in its ballistic missile technology, achieving what many experts agree is a nuclear-capable operational ICBM", Menendez added.

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