U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would be "very disappointed" if reports that North Korea was rebuilding a rocket launch site were true.
"I would be very disappointed if that is happening," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, but he cautioned that it was a "very early report."
Days after he boasted about having a strong relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump said that if the reports about the launch site proved to be correct, " I would be very, very disappointed in Chairman Kim, and I don't think I will be, but we'll see what happens."
几天前还在吹嘘自己与朝鲜领导人金正恩关系稳固的川普表示， 如果关于发射场的报道被证明属实， “我会对金委员长非常、非常失望。我认为我不会失望，但是我们要看事态的发展。”
Multiple sources have reported that North Korea has restored part of the launch site it had begun to dismantle, which it pledged to do at the Singapore summit with Trump last year.
38 North, a Washington-based North Korea project, says satellite images depicted structures on the launch pad at the Tongchang-ri launch site, also known as Sohae, had been rebuilt between Feb. 16 and March 2.
Furthermore, South Korea’s Yonhap News said that the country’s National Intelligence Service had told lawmakers the work was taking place and involved replacing a roof and a door at the facility.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) also concluded North Korea was "pursuing a rapid rebuilding.”
The CSIS report added, "Activity is evident at the vertical engine test stand and the launch pad's rail-mounted rocket transfer structure.”
Following the Singapore summit, Trump told reporters that the North Korean leader had promised to destroy a major missile engine testing site.
The president didn’t identify the site at the time, but a U.S. official later told Reuters that the facility was located at Tongchang-ri.
Neither the U.S. State Department, the White House nor South Korea’s Unification Ministry commented on the report about the rebuilding effort. South Korea’s presidential office, the Blue House, had yet to respond to multiple requests for comment.
In addition, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano revealed in a quarterly report that North Korea’s Yongbyon uranium-enrichment facility remained active.
Amano also stated North Korea was continuing work on building an experimental light-water reactor at the facility.
It was unclear what effect the news surrounding developments at Tongchang-ri and Yongbyon would have on diplomatic efforts with North Korea, but U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said Tuesday that the United States would look at increasing sanctions against Pyongyang if Kim did not end its nuclear weapons program.
Speaking on the Fox Business Network, Bolton said Washington was waiting to see whether Pyongyang was committed to abandoning its "nuclear weapons program and everything associated with it."
"If they're not willing to do it, then I think President Trump has been very clear ... they're not going to get relief from the crushing economic sanctions that have been imposed on them and we'll look at ramping those sanctions up in fact," Bolton said.