North Korea has been restoring a rocket launch site that was previously asked to be dismantled. The Tongchang-ri site was being used for the purpose of launching satellite and testing the engines. Although it was never used for outraged missile launches, they started to dismantle it last year.
The US intervened to make sure that they dismantle it. This pledge to dismantle the rocket is seen as a measure to built confidence between Pyongyang and Washington.
US has threatened North Korea that they will take more steps in the future and they have to face a lot of penalties if they refuse to Pyongyang does not try to dismantle it.
Threats of more penalties in the future
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had a meeting based on the second summit which ended last weeks. The meeting took place in Hanoi and it got sealed without any proper deal or agreement.
North Korea has been progressing with denuclearisation since a while now but the two leaders were unable to agree on how far should the progress go before it was granted some relief from the penalties.
During a television interview on Tuesday, US National Security Adviser named John Bolton was of the opinion that,’ North Korea could yet face more penalties.’
John Bolton further added “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 penalties up in fact.”
The observers however have warned that adding new and fresh penalties would only provoke spark to an already burning fire. We can never expect the situation to be calm and it will completely hamper the peace efforts.
Jenny Town, who is the managing editor of monitoring group 38 North told the BBC that “North Korea always reacts to the imposition of more sanctions in the same way: defiantly.”
Lastly, she was of opinion that “Imposing new sanctions now is only going to deflate whatever political will there may be to keep negotiating.”