North Korea continuing to upgrade key long-range missile base

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 6, 2018

North Korea has significantly expanded and upgraded its long-range missile sites, according to satellite images published by CNN, highlighting the lack of progress in negotiations with the U.S. in the months since Kim Jong-un met Donald Trump.

The satellite imagery offers evidence that the Yeongjeo-dong missile base and a nearby, previously unreported site remain active and have been continuously upgraded, underscoring the reality of just how far apart Washington and Pyongyang are on the issue of denuclearization despite five months of sporadic talks.

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey told CNN that 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.

"Satellite images show that the base remains active", an institute report states, CNN reported.

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". In November, the New York Times reported that North Korea was still working on its nuclear missile program at more than a dozen hidden bases, according the Sakkonmol Missile Operating Base, which is about 85 miles from the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea. -North Korea summit, on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12.

China fought on North Korea's behalf during the Korean War, and while ties have grown frosty at times, Xi hosted Kim for three summits in China this year, both before and after Kim's meeting with Trump.

In a statement the Pentagon said: "We watch North Korea very closely but we can not discuss intelligence".

Experts told the U.S. news network that the site´s location made it suitable to host North Korea´s newest long-range missiles, including ones that could carry nuclear warheads. "That's why I think the President thinks that another summit is likely to be productive".

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