Satellite images indicate that North Korea has begun to dismantle its primary rocket launch site, but Gen. Jack Keane said while it may be a step in the right direction, it may not be the kind of progress the USA should be making.
According to USA monitoring group 38 North, Monday (local time), satellite images showed Pyongyang was dismantling its rail-mounted processing building and rocket engine test stand at the site.
The complex north of the capital, Pyongyang, has been used to develop technologies for the North's intercontinental ballistic missile program and therefore the dismantling represents "a significant confidence building measure", according to the analysis by defense expert Joseph Bermudez Jr.
Mr Trump said shortly after his historic summit on June 12 in Singapore, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed to destroy a major missile engine testing site soon.
When he emerged from his summit with North Korean dictator Kim last month, Trump triumphantly declared that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat and that one of the world's most intractable geopolitical crises had been "largely solved".
The Sohae location has been the main site for North Korean satellite launches since 2012.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed at a summit in April to reduce tensions along the border with an eye to turning the DMZ into a "peace zone".
Trump tapping $12B to help farmers affected by tariffs
Some of Trump's fellow Republicans are also already balking at the idea of government-funded bailout for a trade war they oppose. President Trump's tariff threats against China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union prompted immediate threats of retaliation.
Afghan Vice President Dostum returns after year in Turkey
Hundreds of Dostum's supporters had gathered at the entrance of Kabul airport to welcome home the ethnic Uzbek leader from exile. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Taliban and Islamic State are active in the Afghan capital.
Here's the Mi A2 Lite
Under the hood, you'll find a Snapdragon 625 at 2GHz; you can choose between 3GB RAM with 32 GB of space, and 4GB RAM with 64GB. In terms of optics, the smartphone has a 12 MP primary sensor and a 5 MP depth sensor along with an 8 MP selfie camera.
The launching site played helped the rogue regime develop their intercontinental ballistic missile program.
Although Trump hailed the Singapore summit as a success, skeptics have questioned this assumption, given that Pyongyang, which has rejected unilaterally relinquishing its nuclear weapons, appeared to make no new tangible commitments in a vaguely worded joint statement.
However, Mr Trump today said he was "very happy" with the progress in relations with North Korea, saying Pyongyang had not launched any missiles or carried out any nuclear tests during the last nine months. "Likewise, no Nuclear Tests.
Given the state of activity, work is likely to have begun sometime within the past two weeks", 38 North said. "Japan is happy, all of Asia is happy", he tweeted earlier in the day.
The 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreas technically at war. The North didn't turn it into a spectacle as they did with the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in May. No additional progress was made on the site's fueling area.
"North Korea does not need the Sohae engine test stand anymore if it is confident in the engine design", she wrote on Twitter.
Adam Mount, a senior defence analyst at the Federation of American Scientists, said it's also troubling that the North has been apparently allowed to duck verification by unilaterally dismantling parts of its nuclear and missile facilities without the presence of worldwide inspectors.