Satellite images show activity at North Korean missile base

Leroy Wright
December 8, 2018

The new satellite images suggest that North Korea has expanded an unidentified long-range missile base along the "mountainous interior of the country", according to CNN's Zachary Cohen.

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.

Despite that site being known to the USA intelligence community, images show in the past year, North Korea has significantly expanded to a nearby base.

There have been five summit meetings between the leaders of the Koreas, three of them between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, but they all happened either in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, or the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom.

The images indicate that North Korea was building an extremely large underground facility in 2017 and that this facility was still under construction as of August 2018.

But National Security Adviser John Bolton said Tuesday that there should be another summit with Kim.

"Whatever Kim says about his desire for denuclearisation, North Korea continues to produce and deploy nuclear armed missiles".

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"North Korea appears to have begun to expand the base significantly, starting with the construction of a new headquarters area in 2014", the report stated. And they come despite President Donald Trump's repeated claims of progress in efforts to denuclearize the North.

The State Department declined to comment, saying it doesn't discuss intelligence matters.

"North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has cleared three days later this month to make a historic first visit to Seoul to discuss ridding the Korea peninsula of nuclear weapons", reports the New York Post.

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.

At the time, some experts said the United States could soon accept a North Korean request for a joint declaration of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War as part of security assurances to the North. Kim pretends to disarm and Trump pretends to believe him.

A series of United Nations resolutions require North Korea to give up its ballistic missile program.

"Up through the valley there are a pair of hardened "drive-through" shelters that were covered with soil and had trees planted on them to disguise them".

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