The satellite images show that the Yeongjeo-dong missile base and a nearby, previously unreported site remain active and have been continuously upgraded, which underlines the reality of how far from Washington and Pyongyang are in the area of denuclearization despite five months of sporadic conversation.
While the Yeongjeo-dong base for long been known to US intelligence agencies and analysts, researchers at Middlebury Institute of International Studies told Monterey CNN that the images reveal the construction of a new facility just seven miles away from the older site that has not previously been identified .
“Satellite images show that the base is active. In addition, in recent years, North Korea has significantly expanded a nearby facility that appears to be another missile base,” the report states and notes that it is not unclear whether the two bases are separate or if is subordinate to others.
The images indicate that North Korea built an extremely large underground facility 201
7 and that this plant was still built in August 2018.
“Construction at the previously unidentified site has continued after the Singapore Summit” between Kim and President Donald Trump in June Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, one of the analysts who identified the site, told CNN. “Everything Kim says about his desire for denuclearization, North Korea continues to produce and distribute nuclear weapons.”
The unique site of this page makes it a strong candidate for getting North Korea’s newest long distance missiles, including those who can carry nuclear weapons and can beat the United States, according to Lewis and his colleague David Schmerler.
US officials have long said that they are not surprised by similar open source findings but have refused to provide additional answers when other sites have been identified.
“We look very close to North Korea, we continue to support the diplomatic process. We will not discuss issues of intelligence,” said Pentagon chairman Chris Logan to CNN.
State Department refused to comment, saying It does not discuss intelligence issues.
While Kim does not violate any agreement with the United States or South Korea by continuing to produce and distribute existing types of missiles, the identification of another active North Korean missile base at a time when some members of the Trump Administration explain that Pyongyang has failed to maintain its end to the purchase so far.
National Security Advisor John Bolton said Tuesday that Trump believes he should hold a second summit with Kim because the North Korean leader has not lived up to the commitments he made at his first meeting.
“They have not lived up to the commitments so far,” Bolton said at The Wall Street Journal’s annual CEO conference in Washington. “Therefore, I think the president believes another summit is likely to be productive.”
Bolton said the US would continue with a second meeting just after the start of the new year – saying “January February” – hoping to make further progress. He said that the Trump administration would not lift heavy financial sanctions against the regime until then.
Trump has often predicted North Korea’s lack of ballistic missile tests in recent months as a sign of diplomatic progress, saying that Kim’s offer to dismantle some test facilities signals the North Korean leader is serious about denuclearizing.
But while Trump claims that Kim is committed to fully splitting at the summit in Singapore this summer, the truth is that the meeting only gave a vague worded agreement, where the two leaders promised to build a “lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula” and “work
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