Jul 24, 2018 - World

Report: North Korea begins dismantling missile test facilities

Trump and Kim at the summit. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

After little immediate progress seemed to result from President Trump's summit with Kim Jong-un, 38 North reports that North Korea has "begun dismantling key facilities" that have "played an important role in the development of technologies for the North’s intercontinental ballistic missile program."

Why it matters: 38 North notes that this appears to be "an important first step towards fulfilling a commitment made by Kim" at the summit. What remains unclear, though, is whether North Korea intends to do anything that would more directly impact its nuclear weapons program. One more thing to watch: Whether the remains of U.S. soldiers in North Korea are returned as expected in the coming days — another potential signal of goodwill from Pyongyang.

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