Satellite images reveal activity at N. Korean rocket facility

Trump ‘disappointed’ by North Korean missile activity reports following breakdown of nuclear talks

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. For now, discussions with North Korea will be conducted by their subordinates. The breakdown of the Hanoi summit came as an astonishment the same number of specialists had anticipated that the two heads would attempt to achieve an arrangement on littler things.

Satellite images taken of North Korea suggests that the country could be preparing to launch a missile or satellite, according to reports.

North Korean state media said for the first time on Friday that the summit made no advances and its people were blaming the us for the lack of an agreement. The think tanks said on Thursday that they believed the launch site was operational again.

And so every expert we say - we talk to say, this is a major shift that led the president to ask for a front-loaded grand bargain, all of the North Korean nuclear weapons for all of the sanctions relief.

"We're going to study the situation carefully".

The administration's point man on North Korea, Stephen Biegun, said the U.S. would be prepared to pursue commitments "simultaneously and in parallel" while suggesting there was room for manoeuvres when it came to sanctions.

The news seemed to surprise Trump, who has made a detente with North Korea and forging a personal relationship with Kim a signature element of his foreign policy. He went as far late previous year as saying they "fell in love", but the bonhomie has failed to bridge the wide gap between the two sides.

The US State Department has declined to comment.

"Our map data shows the locations of mines across North Korea, and we also detected soundwaves, proving that this quake was caused by an explosion, " he said.

"Where we really need to see progress and we need to see it soon is meaningful and verifiable steps on denuclearization as quickly as we can", the official added, while stressing that the United States side was pushing an all-in strategy for a final deal. "That's our goal and that's how we see these negotiations picking up momentum".

The appointment of Kim Yeon-chul, a staunch backer of Korean reconciliation, may further improve ties with the North, officials said.

The BBC's Seoul correspondent Laura Bicker says that North Korea might be testing the U.S. after talks in Hanoi between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un broke down, hoping that the United States will offer a better deal to avoid a launch.

Kim had agreed to close Sohae at a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang as part of confidence-building measures, and satellite images in August indicated that workers were dismantling the engine test stand.

It comes after reports earlier this week that North Korea's main rocket launch site at Sohae had been rebuilt.

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