The satellite imagery provides evidence that the Yeongjeo-dong missile base and a nearby untapped location remain active and continuously expanding. This underlines the fact that Washington and Pyongyang are separated from each other by sporadic talks despite five-month intervals.
While the base in Yeongjeo-dong US intelligence and analysts has long been known, researchers at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey told CNN that the pictures show the construction of a new facility just seven miles away the older site that was not previously publicly identified.
"Satellite images show that the base is still active and, last year, North Korea has significantly expanded a nearby facility that appears to be another missile base," the report says it is the two base stations are separated, or if one is subordinate.
The pictures show that North Korea built an extremely large underground facility in 201
"Construction at the previously unknown location continued after the Singapore Summit" between Kim and President Donald Trump in June, "said Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, one of the analysts who identified the site. to CNN. "Whatever Kim says about his desire for denuclearization, North Korea continues to produce and deploy nuclear-armed missiles."
The location's unique location makes it a strong candidate for North Korea's newest long-range missiles, including nuclear missiles According to Lewis and his colleague David Schmerler, weapons and the United States can beat.
"We are watching North Korea very closely, we continue to support the diplomatic process, we will not discuss intelligence issues," said Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Chris Logan told CNN. The Foreign Ministry declined to comment It is not about intelligence matters.
While Kim does not violate an agreement with the US or South Korea by continuing to produce and deploy existing missile types, the identification of another active North Korean missile base is occurring at a time. Some members of the Trump administration say that Pyongyang is there until failed to sustain the end of the agreement.
British security adviser John Bolton said Tuesday that Trump believes he should hold a second summit with Kim because the North Korean leader did not live up to his obligations at his first meeting.
commitments so far, "Bolton said at the annual CEO Council conference of the Wall Street Journal in Washington." That's why I believe the president believes that another summit is likely to be productive. "
Bolton said the US would push ahead with a second meeting shortly after the start of the new year – "January, February" – hoping to make further progress, saying the Trump government would not lift huge economic sanctions against the regime by then.
Trump has in recent months often announced the absence of ballistic missile testing in North Korea as a sign of diplomatic progress and said Kim's bid to dismantle some signals from test facilities. The North Korean leader calls for serious denuclearization.
However, during his summit in Trump Singapore promises complete denuclearization this summer is the truth, d The meeting only resulted in a vaguely worded agreement in which the two leaders agreed to build a "lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula" and to work towards complete denuclearization of the peninsula.
The Trump government continued to insist on the abolition of North Korean ballistic missile programs – a non-starter for a nation that is deeply suspicious of the outside world and would never be made strategically vulnerable, just for the p romise of economic gain.
It would be more difficult for North Korea to develop new types of warheads, a move that would prevent Kim from continuing to mass-produce and to use existing types of nuclear-armed missiles, as he publicly stated in January, he would continue to do so.
"These missiles are deployed at bases throughout North Korea, many of which have long been known to analysts, and following a denuclearization agreement, North Korea should allow international inspectors to determine that these units are no longer equipped with nuclear weapons," the report says by Lewis and Schmerler.
"The Trump government has publicly pledged to secure access to North Korea's military facilities as part of an agreement," the report said.
Bolton's comments on Tuesday underscored the lack of progress made by the US in bringing North Korea closer to the full, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of Washington, and the concessions that Washington seeks to achieve. After Pyongyang, he also joined the heat as Trump emphasized his relationship with Kim.