Korea may be preparing a missile or space launch

Activity has been recorded at the Sanumdong research center previously a prelude to a rocket launch

Activity has been recorded at the Sanumdong research centre is thought to be a prelude to a missile test

However, echoing a senior U.S. Department of State (DOS) official who spoke to reporters about North Korea on condition of anonymity on Thursday, President Trump indicated that despite the new nuclear and missile activity, he is still hoping for a denuclearization agreement that eluded him and Kim at last week's summit in Vietnam.

The Sohae facility was partly dismantled following President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's first summit in June a year ago, according NPR.

Trump said Wednesday he'd be very disappointed in Kim if reports are accurate that North Korea has begun rebuilding a separate missile test site it dismantled previous year.

An analysis by two experts at CSIS said the rebuilding of the launch facility amounted to a "snapback" from the moderate dismantlement North Korea performed after Trump's first summit with Kim in Singapore past year.

Mr Trump told reporters at the White House: "I would be surprised in a negative way if he did anything that was not per our understanding".

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This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 19, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) inspecting the ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust engine at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in North Korea.

Trump said he would be "very, very disappointed" with Kim if the reports are true. Those rocket launches were condemned by the worldwide community and widely viewed as thinly veiled tests of ballistic missile technology.

An official from the Korean Meteorological Administration said a magnitude 2.1 natural disaster was detected in North Korea on Thursday at a region near the border with the South.

The U.S. will pressure North Korea to give access to the site in an effort to assess whether the site is operational.

After threatening to ramp up "crushing economic sanctions", National Security Advisor John Bolton urged Kim Jong-un to ditch any idea of a step-by-step denuclearization of his country.

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But Kim's appointment could also exacerbate divisions within Moon's government, some analysts said, and fuel USA concerns that the South may be moving too quickly with the North. "We'll see when that might be scheduled or how it might work out".

A State Department official told the Wall Street Journal that the US doesn't know why there were works at the site and noted that the situation is being monitored.

However, two days on from the stalemate in Hanoi, Satellite images captured on March 2 show operations at the once-dormant Sohae site have resumed full-throttle - with its facilities once again under construction. "That's our goal and that's how we see these negotiations picking up momentum".

But the meeting broke down over an impasse regarding how many sites North Korea would shut down. In fact, the North Koreans practically clung on to Trump's trouser legs as he was packing his bags and offered to expand the scope of facilities they could scrap at Yongbyon. He repeated the pledge in a summit with the South Korean president in September.

"We're seeing a lot of vehicle activity at the Sanumdong facility and also at the rail transfer point where it would be loaded and taken to Sohae", said Lewis, who has studied the images.

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The Sohae Launch Facility, which the country uses to launch satellites into orbit and other technologies to aid its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICMB) program, had previously been partly dismantled after the two leader's first meeting last summer.

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