Imagery shows North Korean ballistic missile base expansion

Kim Jong Un

New satellite imagery shows what appears to be improvements to the Yeongjeo-dong missile base, a facility located in North Korea's mountainous interior, as well as work on a new facility, Hoejung-ri, 11 kilometers (seven miles) away.

Satellite images viewed by CNN showed that the Yeongjeo-dong missile base and a nearby, previously unreported site were not only active but were being upgraded.

As of August 2018, researchers said North Korea is continuing to construct an extremely large underground facility.

"Construction on the previously unidentified site has continued even after the Singapore Summit" between Kim and President Donald Trump in June, Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, one of the analysts that identified the site, told CNN.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the worldwide sanctions campaign against North Korea is an example of U.S. leadership in the world.

In their new report, Lewis and Schmerler said that while closing the test stand would make it harder for the North to design new kinds of missiles, "it would not prevent North Korea from continuing to mass produce and deploy existing types of nuclear-armed missiles that can strike the United States".

"Our analytical line has not changed" a US intelligence official told VOA, when asked about the images.

"We watch North Korea very closely". "Just look, as one example, at the historic number of countries which have gotten on board our pressure campaign against North Korea".

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The State Department declined to comment, saying it doesn't discuss intelligence matters.

North Korea wants sanctions relief, the end-of-war declaration and other reciprocal measures from the United States, arguing it has taken some steps, like dismantling its nuclear testing facility and releasing American detainees.

North Korea has expanded a key long-range missile base in the months since a summit between the country's leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, according to satellite images published by CNN on Wednesday, December 5.

"That's why I think the president thinks that another summit is likely to be productive". "They have not lived up to the commitments so far", he told The Wall Street Journal's annual CEO Council conference.

Bolton added that, if the North follows through on its promises, . His administration has also repeatedly claimed progress in talks with North Korea, citing the lack of nuclear and ballistic missile tests since the country launched its Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile in November of past year.

"Those missiles are being deployed at bases throughout North Korea, many of which have always been known to outside analysts".

"North Korea appears to have begun to expand the base significantly, starting with the construction of a new headquarters area in 2014", the report stated.

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