Alwaght- North Korea has almost completed rebuilding a long-range rocket site signaling failure of denuclearization talks with the United States.
South Korean lawmakers made the revelation on Friday after a closed-door meeting with South Korean intelligence officials.
"The North began rebuilding the center, which was partly dismantled last July, before the North-US summit in February," lawmaker Kim Min-ki told reporters after the closed-door briefing by the National Intelligence Service.
"The work is almost complete with some maintenance activity being underway," he said.
The report comes a month after a second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in February ended without an agreement, deepening a gap between the two on how to achieve "complete denuclearization."
Shortly after the end of the Hanoi summit, a series of satellite images emerged suggesting increased activity at the North's Sohae rocket site, triggering alarm that the nuclear-armed state might be preparing a long-range or space launch.
Friday's latest assessment by Seoul could suggest a reversal in policy by Kim, who agreed to shut the Sohae site at a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang last year.
In a sign of rising tensions last Friday, North Korea suddenly withdrew its officials from a joint liaison office operated in tandem with South Korea along their shared border - one of few tangible signs of progress from South Korean President Moon Jae-in's outreach to North Korea last year.