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Trump: 'Very disappointed' if North Korea rebuilding missile launch facility

The Hill logo The Hill 3/6/2019 Jordan Fabian

Kim Jong-un wearing a suit and tie: Trump: 'Very disappointed' if North Korea rebuilding missile launch facility © Getty Images Trump: 'Very disappointed' if North Korea rebuilding missile launch facility President Trump said Wednesday he would be "very disappointed" if reports that North Korea has begun rebuilding a key missile site prove to be true.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump did not confirm or deny the reports, which he called "very early." But he suggested it could throw another wrench in his effort to strike a nuclear agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"I would be very, very disappointed in Chairman Kim," the president said. "I don't think I will be but we'll see what happens."

Trump still voiced confidence that he would eventually reach an agreement with Kim, despite the failure of their nuclear summit in Vietnam and subsequent reports on missile activity.

"We'll take a look. It will ultimately get solved," he said.

Multiple news outlets reported on Tuesday that satellite images showed reconstruction at a launch facility near the Chinese border that North Korea had begun dismantling before Kim's first summit with Trump last summer in Singapore.

The development sparked fears that Pyongyang is beginning to ramp up nuclear and ballistic missile tests that were suspended while Trump and Kim have attempted to broker an agreement.

Trump left his second summit last week in Hanoi empty handed after talks broke down amid differences over the steps Kim must take to rid his country of nuclear weapons. Nuclear diplomacy with Kim has been Trump's No. 1 foreign policy priority.

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