North Korea 'razed missile test stand'

North Korea 'razed missile test stand'”

According to Wednesday's analysis, the Iha-ri site north of the city of Kusong was used for developing a medium-range solid fuel missile, which can be fired faster and more secretly than missiles using liquid fuel.

North Korea invited outside journalists to watch the shutting down of its only known nuclear test site on May 24.

Jeffrey Lewis, a North Korea specialist at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Calif., tweeted that the test stand was used to test missile cold ejections, not for flight tests. The Pukguksong-2 is a remodeled submarine-launched ballistic missile.

Analysis of the satellite imagery was carried out by North Korea expert Joseph Bermudez and published by 38 North.

The 30-foot missile makes use of stable gasoline and is reported to be nuclear-capable when it was first check launched in February 2017. "The test is successful", he added.The North has focused on improving the KN-06 because of the poor capabilities of its surface-to-air missiles in intercepting South Korean and U.S. Air Force jets that could strike mobile launcher vehicles and command posts.

USA -based North Korea monitoring website 38 North says. the demolition of the facility near the northwestern city of Kusong. appears to have started in the second week of May... and was nearly complete a week later.

Joel Wit, a former State Department official and 38 North editor, said it was a small step meant to signal North Korea's seriousness about halting its long-range missile programs.

In April, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared that his country no longer needs to conduct nuclear tests or test-firing of medium- and long-range missiles as well as intercontinental ballistic missiles.

North Korea is asking the U.S. to end "hostile policies" towards North Korea in exchange for denuclearisation, though Kim has not yet made it clear exactly what either of those steps would entail.

In return, he may be willing to give up some aspects of his nuclear missile programme, though how much and how quickly remains to be seen.

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