Satellite pictures reportedly show Kim Jong-un is dismantling his rocket launch site a month after an historic Singapore meeting with Donald Trump.
The Sohae Satellite Launching station served as the leader’s main rocket launch facility.
Located near the northern boarder with China, rockets launched from the site, including the December 2012 launch of a satellite, have been slammed by America as covert ballistic missile tests.
Now, just weeks after Kim Jong-un met with the US president, aerial images appear to show a reduction in activity at the site and dismantled structures, according to think tank 38 North .
The North Korea monitoring site said rail mounted structures have been moved from their long-standing location and the roof a supporting structure has been partly removed.
A large crane was also seen on site, possibly suggesting its use in the deconstruction of buildings at the launch site.
Just days after the first aerial images were taken on July 20, it was reported even more dismantling work had taken place.
In a report, 38 North said: “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.”
However, while deconstruction work could be underway at the Sohae site, it was previously reported North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre was undergoing “rapid” improvements.
Several new buildings, including an engineering office and entrance to an area containing a nuclear reactor, can be seen in the images published by 38 North.
It claimed the work was being under taken at “rapid pace” but added: “Continued work at the Yongbyon facility should not be seen as having any relationship to North Korea’s pledge to denuclearise.
The North’s nuclear cadre can be expected to proceed with business as usual until specific orders are issued from Pyongyang.”
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe met to discuss pushing North Korea forward on its promise made in Singapore.
Kim Jong-un pledged to “work towards” scrapping the country’s nuclear programme, during a meeting with Trump in Singapore, but a timeline was never set.