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New satellite images reveal activity at unidentified North Korean missile base

December 5, 2018 World 1 Views The satellite images show that the Yeongjeo-dong missile base and a nearby, previously unreported…

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.

 Credit: Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey Photos from the Middlebury Institute for New Developments of a North Korean Missile Site in October / November 2018.

“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.

 Credit: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey Photos from the Middlebury Institute for New Developments of a North Korean Missile Site in October / November 2018.

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

The Trump Administration has also continued to insist that North Korea’s ballistic missile programs are eliminated in advance – a non-starter for a nation still deeply suspected of the outside world and never leaving strategically vulnerable simply for the promise of economic gain. [19659021] John Bolton says North Korea does not fulfill commitments calls for the evil Trump Kim Summit ” data-src-mini=”//” data-src-xsmall=”//” data-src-small=”” data-src-medium=”//” data-src-large=”//” data-src-full16x9=”//” data-src-mini1x1=”//” data-demand-load=”not-loaded” data-eq-pts=”mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhEAAJAJEAAAAAAP///////wAAACH5BAEAAAIALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKlI+py+0Po5yUFQA7″/>

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While closing testing facilities would make it harder for North Korea to develop new types of warheads, this step would do little to prevent Kim from continuing take to produce and distribute existing types of nuclear missiles, which he publicly said in January he would continue to do.

“These missiles are deployed at bases across North Korea, many of which have long been known to third-party analysts. Each nuclear power would require North Korea to allow international inspectors to decide that these units were no longer armed with nuclear weapons,” according to the report from Lewis and Schmerler.

“The Trump Administration has publicly promised to secure access to North Korea military facilities as part of an agreement,” said the report.

Bolton’s comments Tuesday underlines the lack of progress made by the United States to move North Korea closer to the full, controllable and irreversible nuclear weapon reflection Washington seeks and the concessions it has made to Pyongyang, despite the fact that Trump has stressed the heat in his relationship to Kim.

Last month, Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News that the United States will not demand North Korea to provide a complete list of its nuclear and missile sites before Trump meets again with Kim.

 President Trump says that the next meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un probably in the beginning of 2019

Washington and Pyongyang had been locked in diplomatic standoff for weeks on which side would make concession first. Analysts said that by relaxing their demands for a second summit, the United States may have blinked first.

Pence spoke days after new new commercial satellite images were released and identified more than a dozen undeclared North Korean missile operations, another sign that Pyongyang continues to move on with its ballistic missile program.

Such a facility is the missile base near Yeongjeo-dong, a site that long touched US and South Korean officials and the subject of the analysis of the new images released on Wednesday.

In 2000, the United States sought access to this and other missile bases as part of an agreement to terminate North Korea’s missile program – rejected by Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il.

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The base is stuck along a narrow valley. A headquarters is located at the mouth of the valley, the pictures show.

“Up through the valley there are a pair of hardened” through-running “shelters covered with soil and had trees planted on them to conceal them. In front of the pair of stretches, there is a concrete pillow that was also covered with dirt,” according to the analysis by Lewis and Schmerler .

“There are five entrances to subways that can be used to store missiles, says the report.” About 2010, North Korea designed a major breakthrough suitable for large ballistic missiles. These shelters are similar to those seen in the older part of the Yeongjeo-dong base. “

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