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Trump says he will be 'very, very disappointed' if North Korea is rebuilding a nuclear site


The Trump administration is still holding out hope for future negotiations with Kim Jong Un

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President Donald Trump said Wednesday that if North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un really is rebuilding his nuclear capabilities as has been reported, he would be "very, very disappointed."

What about North Korea?

Two North Korean monitoring websites, 38 North and the Center for Strategic Studies' Beyond Parallel project, said that there was evidence from satellite images that the North Korean government appeared to be rebuilding its Tongchang-ri satellite launch facility.

These reports were backed up by a South Korean lawmaker who said that South Korea's National Intelligence Service believed that the site was being restored.

This site in particular was one that Kim had assured the South Korean president that he would "permanently dismantle" in September.

What did Trump say?

"I would be very disappointed if that were happening," Trump told reporters Wednesday when asked about these reports. "It's a very early report, we're the ones that put it out. But I would be very, very disappointed in Chairman Kim. And I don't think I will be but we'll see what happens. We'll take a look. It will ultimately get solved."

He also said that it was "too early to see" what exactly was going on in North Korea.

While the talks in Hanoi may have broken down, the Trump administration has not given up hope on continuing to negotiate with the North Korean regime.

On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that even though there was "no commitment" from the North Koreans yet, he was "hopeful" that "we will be back at it, that I'll have a team in Pyongyang in the next couple weeks continuing to work to find those places where there is shared interest."

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