New Satellite Images Reveal North Korea Expanding Key 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

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.

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.

There was no immediate reaction from the Trump administration Thursday to the reports that raised concern in national security circles about the pace of denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un with President Donald Trump at the U.S.

The developments come against a backdrop in which Mr. Trump and his advisers say they are hoping for a second summit with Mr. Kim to discuss progress - or the lack thereof - toward denuclearization.

The North officially suspended its nuclear and missile tests ahead of the June summit, and missile production and deployment does not technically violate any agreement between Pyongyang and the USA and South Korea.

"That's why I think the president thinks that another summit is likely to be productive".

But their geographic locations make them ideal to "house long-range missiles", they said in a report they were preparing.

But despite the meetings and ongoing talks, many in Washington remain skeptical of the North Korea's seriousness. But Lewis and Schmerler said that in recent years North Korea had significantly expanded what appeared to be another missile base in Hoejung-ni.

Despite the initial optimism generated by Kim and Trump's June summit meeting in Singapore, little has transpired since then. North Korea is now seeking security guarantees from the US and relief from the global sanctions.

Bolton's comments Tuesday underscored the lack of progress the USA has made in moving North Korea closer to the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization Washington is seeking, and the concessions it has been making to Pyongyang, even as Trump has stressed the warmth of his relationship with Kim. -North Korea negotiations to dismantle Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

The base itself is strung along a narrow valley.

"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".

"There are five entrances to underground tunnels that may be used to store missiles", the report states.

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