Satellite Images Reveal North Korea Expanding Long-Range Missile Base

Kim Jong-un led the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon last month

Kim Jong-un led the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon last month Credit KCNA Reuters

North Korea has clandestinely expanded one of its main long-range missile development bases during recent months, according to new reports based on satellite imagery collected during October and November.

The images, obtained by CNN, offer evidence that the Yeongjeo-dong missile base and a nearby, previously unreported, site remain active and have been continually upgraded, highlighting the continuing gulf between Pyongyang and Washington's views on denuclearization.

National security adviser John Bolton said Tuesday that Trump believes he should hold a second summit with Kim because the North Korean leader hasn't lived up to commitments he made during their first meeting.

Last year, the USA led a series of U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions punishing the North for its tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. That includes missiles capable of reaching not just California, but anywhere in the United States.

- Researchers at a college in Monterey said they have proof North Korea is not only operating and expanding a known missile base, but there's another unknown site that is also active and growing. After a series of dubious talks, Trump claimed that he and Kim "fell in love" and that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula would come "very, very quickly".

North Korea is now seeking security guarantees from the United States and relief from worldwide sanctions.

"Any denuclearization agreement would require North Korea to allow worldwide inspectors to determine that these units are no longer armed with nuclear weapons", they said.

In August, a United Nations watchdog warned that North Korea was still working on developing its nuclear arsenal. -North Korea summit, on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12.

Kang is on a visit to the US as the head of the South Korean delegation to attend the funeral of former US President George H.W. Bush, Yonhap news agency reported.

North Korea wants sanctions relief, the end-of-war declaration and other reciprocal measures from the United States, arguing it has taken some steps, like dismantling its nuclear testing facility and releasing American detainees. "In front of the pair of drive throughs, there is a concrete pad that was also covered in dirt", according to the analysis by Lewis and Schmerler. "These shelters are similar to the ones seen at the older portion of the Yeongjeo-dong base".

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