Satellite images show activity at a missile base in North Korea

Erika Holt
December 8, 2018

New satellite images have revealed that North Korea has significantly expanded a key long-range missile base located in a remote mountainous area, despite ongoing talks this year with the U.S. over the country's nuclear disarmament.

The photographs, commissioned by the American television news broadcaster CNN, show continued activity at Yeongjeo-dong long-range missile base and the establishment of a new facility seven miles away.

No North Korean leader has traveled to South Korea since fighting stopped in the Korean War, which killed millions.

"Moreover, in the past year North Korea has significantly expanded a nearby facility that appears to be another missile base".

"They have not lived up to the commitments so far", Bolton said.

He suggested the meeting could happen in January or February and that the U.S. could continue to enforce the economic sanctions it imposed on North Korea over its weapons program. "It is this location that leads us to believe that the general area is a strong candidate for the deployment of future missiles that can strike the United States".

"North Korea isn't disarming".

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, according to a report Wednesday.

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North Korea had announced the testing of an unspecified "newly developed ultramodern weapon" amid reports that it was continuing to develop its nuclear and missiles programs. That includes missiles capable of reaching not just California, but anywhere in the United States.

But Kim has yet to clarify whether and when he might dismantle his nuclear warheads and delivery missiles.

In a report published last month, a Washington-based research institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said it had located more than a dozen North Korean missile bases still in operation.

Those missiles are being deployed at bases throughout North Korea despite the Singapore meeting, they said.

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.

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

His remarks come as the North has protested the sanctions regime, contributing to the recent impasse in U.S.

Despite the initial optimism generated by Kim and Trump's June summit meeting in Singapore, little has transpired since then.

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