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Report: Photos View Expansion on North Korea Missil Base

New satellite images detected by researchers seem to show activity on an unidentified long-distance missile base in North Korea. Published…

New satellite images detected by researchers seem to show activity on an unidentified long-distance missile base in North Korea.

Published on Wednesday by CNN, the images show that the expansion of an unidentified active long distance missile base near the previously identified Yeongjeo-dong base in North Korea’s mountainous interior. Analysts say that the images show that continuous construction has been done to upgrade and expand both plants, despite months of loud talks and negotiations between North Korea, its neighboring Korea and the United States

The new images occurred one month after American analysts found at least 1

3 of An estimated 20 secret North Korean missiles and six months from North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un’s historic meeting with US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June. “All that Kim says about his desire for denuclearization, North Korea continues to produce and distribute nuclear weapons,” Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, one of the analysts who identified the site, told CNN.

The result seems to undermine Kim’s commitment to reducing its nuclear power, most recently announced at a summit in September with the South Korean leader Moon Jae-in. At that meeting, the North Korean leader agreed to permanently disassemble a nuclear facility at another location in Nyongbyon, waiting for reciprocal action from the United States. The announcement gave a review by President Trump, who called the development “very exciting” in a tweet.

The US government department and the South Korea Foreign Ministry refused to officially comment on the images, according to CNN. At an event in Washington on Tuesday, US security advisor John Bolton said that Trump is pleased to hold a second summit with Kim because of North Korea’s failure to fulfill the commitments made at its first meeting in June. However, the special summit resulted in a vigilance agreement signed by both leaders to “work against full nuclear power” on the Korean Peninsula, rather than a full commitment from Kim to nuclear corruption.

Write to Suyin Haynes at suyin.haynes @ time.com.

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