Reports and satellites images have given indications that North Korea has finally begun the dismantling of its nuclear sites. The first step towards denuclearisation has been taken from an important facility which was involved in development of engines for ballistic missiles. The work has begun at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station specifically in the compound which was employed for assembling space-launch vehicles and also a rocket engine test stand which was used for developing liquid-fuel engines for ballistic missiles and other space-launch vehicles. The images send a positive and a significant move by the Kim administration as the centre is believed to be a key place used for developing technologies used in North Korean Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program.
President Trump had been highly positive about his Summit with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Singapore on June 12 where he Kim had committed that North Korea will soon destroy one of the major missile engine testing sites. It is also learnt that Blue House of the South Korean President had been informed about the dismantlement. South Korean Deputy Director National Security has stated that North has probably taken a step by step approach towards denuclearisation and the current step is definitely better than not taking any action.
The announcement has put to rest the increasing questions about the North Korea’s seriousness to live up to the commitments its leader Kim had made at the Singapore Summit. Despite the commitments made, there was no roadmap given by the North furnishing details about its denuclearisation plan.
The move in this light is a highly positive step which will mean that North Korea has agreed to leave its satellite launch program in addition to foregoing its nuclear and missile tests. This has been a point of contention which had affected the diplomacy in the past. In a response to the move, South Korea has stated that it is also considering a pilot reduction of guard troops and posts along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which divides both the Koreas. Latter has been heavily guarded and fortified. President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un had agreed to convert the DMZ into a Peace Zone eventually in a bid to bring down tensions along the border.